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Teens reap satisfaction as they sew for Zambia

Published: Monday, Apr. 2, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 2, 2012 - 7:06 am

Emma Meads, left, and Jenna Arciero, both 16, collect "gently used" pillowcases and cut, sew and transform them into colorful dresses for girls in Zambia villages.

The Davis teens direct a Norwood 4-H project inspired by a campaign that has sent thousands of dresses to girls in impoverished nations since 2009. Both learned sewing at 4-H. They and others in the group are working on 20 dresses to send to a former 4-H member who works in Zambia with the Peace Corps.

"It's simple sewing skills that we put to use to help someone else around the world," Meads said. "It will be super rewarding to be able to see how this one pillowcase can really change a girl's life."

More than donations, Arciero is looking for more girls to help sew. "Spreading the idea is more what we are aiming for," she said.


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Emma Meads, left, and Jenna Arciero, both 16, collect
Emma Meads, left, and Jenna Arciero, both 16, collect "gently used" pillowcases and cut, sew and transform them into colorful dresses for girls in Zambia villages.

Emma Meads, left, and Jenna Arciero, both 16, collect "gently used" pillowcases and cut, sew and transform them into colorful dresses for girls in Zambia villages.

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM
  • Author: Mandi Bottoms

Woodland Montessori students awarded $2,000 in grants to help classmates eat more fruit

Created:   03/22/2012 08:03:05 AM PDT

Woodland Montessori elementary students have been awarded $2,000 in grants to help their fellow classmates eat more fruit.

They won a $1,000 UnitedHealth HEROES Grant from Youth Service America and UnitedHealth Group and $1,000 from California 4-H Revolution of Responsibility, according to a news release from Marcel Horowitz with UC Cooperative Extension.

This project teaches their classmates how to eat healthier by adding more fruit to their school day. The funding provides weekly deliveries of fresh organic fruit to the children's school, where students can snack on apples, oranges, pears and mangos when they get hungry.

The semester-long initiative culminates on Saturday, April 21, with the 24th annual Global Youth Service Day. Students will get to ride a "smoothie bike" - a human-powered blender - provided by the UC Nutrition Education Program.

"These grants were extremely competitive, and this project exemplifies service-learning and the UnitedHealth HEROES program," said Steve Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America. "Young people in Woodland want to make a difference, and UnitedHealth Group, in conjunction with YSA, offers them resources to make a positive, measurable impact on their community."

The second grant was awarded by the California 4-H program. 4-H is the nation's largest youth development program, helping children learn leadership, citizenship and life skills.

"Improving the health of children is a priority for 4-H, and this youth-directed community service project is a wonderful way to do it. The awardees learn new skills while addressing community needs," said Horowitz, 4-H youth development and nutrition advisor from the UC Cooperative Extension.

These children identified the problem, wrote the grants and are managing the budgets and implementing the project. They have developed and conducted evaluations. Their research shows that the number of students snacking on fruit during the school day has increased by 86 percent.

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  • Author: Mandi Bottoms
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