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Wittenberg Students Participate In “Sewing Our Support” For Haiti Relief Effort

March 17, 2010  
 Filed in Arts Scene, Featured Events, Headlines

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University students are joining Project Jericho in conjunction with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in an international effort to provide relief for Haiti. “Sewing Our Support” will make 400 school bags, which will then be filled with school supplies for children in Haiti whose lives were devastated by the recent earthquake.

Project Jericho, a program of Clark State Performing Arts Center and Job and Family Services of Clark County, provides positive, in-depth arts experiences to at-risk youth and families.

Wittenberg students Lauren Lueke, class of 2010 from Mahtomedi, Minn.; Melaney Thurman, class of 2010 from Urbana, Ohio; Ali Brown, class of 2010 from Chillicothe, Ohio; Katherine Fernholz, class of 2010 from Wilmette, Ill.; Kim Mowrey, class of 2011 from Delaware, Ohio; and Conor O’Rourke, class of 2011 from Mendham, N.J., are among those who will join the children at Project Jericho to help to sew 400 school bags for children in Haiti.

“We girls will begin sewing March 20,” Lueke said. “Conor will be speaking about Haiti throughout the event to educate the Project Jericho Youth about the country.”

The sewing will be done at the Clark State Performing Arts Center from 12-8 p.m. Sunday, March 20, and from 12-6 p.m. Monday, March 21. The event will then move into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, where the court staff and probation officers along with the detained youth will sew together for two more days.

After they are all sewn, each of the bags will be filled with school supplies. Supplies needed for the bags include rounded tip blunt scissors (400), 8 ½ x 11 ruled loose leaf paper (1,200 packets), 30-centimeter rulers (400), unsharpened pencils with erasers (2,400), 2½” erasers (400) and boxes of 24 crayons (400). Boxes are located around campus and the city to receive donations of the supplies needed by March 21. Organizers have already secured 400 hand held pencil sharpeners to fill the bags.

“We are placing boxes in Hollenbeck Hall, the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, Benham-Pence Student Center, Clark State Performing Art Center, the Literacy Center, High Street United Methodist Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Clark County Public Library,” Lueke said.

The event will conclude with two receptions on March 26 – one at 2 p.m. in the Detention Center, and one that same evening.

Those interested in supporting this community effort may contact any of the Wittenberg students listed, or they may call Eliza Waggoner, Sarah Leavens or Beth Dixon at Project Jericho, 328-3869.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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