Dress a Girl Around the World

What you lie your head on at night could be a dress for a little girl. The organization Hope 4 Women International has distributed more than 18-thousand pillow case dresses to little girls everywhere. Their campaign “Dress a Girl Around the World” helps more than 36 countries, and Naperville’s Crone Middle School Students grabbed needle and thread to try to help out the cause.

Jill Koulas’s 8th grade sewing students are eager to get behind the sewing machines and finish their project.

“I think it’s great for the kids to share their talent of sewing and give the gift of their talent to make these dresses,” said Family Consumer Science Teacher Jill Koulas. “It’s their hands that are doing the work.”

Every year Koulas’ sewing students do a service project, and when she was thinking of something different to do this year, she came across the campaign on the internet.

“Coincidently we have a teacher here at Crone that at the same time I was thinking about this idea she was on her way to Kenya,” said Koulas. “I asked her to keep an eye out to see if she saw the dresses over there. It would help me to know if the project would be worthwhile.”

When Melissa Bachler came back from Kenya, right away she reported what she saw to Koulas. “We saw the need for the dresses,” said Crone Middle School Language Arts Teacher Melissa Bachler. “Kids get one outfit per year. There is such a need for the clothing to be provided.”

Koulas’ class is trying to make more than 100 dresses, and some students say it goes beyond getting a good grade on the project.

“It feels good knowing that we are still learning sewing and helping people at the same time,” said sewing student Ashley Bella.

“It just feels generous and kind,” said sewing student Noah Sorrell. “They don’t have a lot of clothes and it’s a nice thing to do.”

“Even though it’s just a little dress for us it’s an entire wardrobe for them,” said sewing student Taylor Sanders.

Students at Crone plan to make dresses again next year, and Koulas hopes to get other middle schools involved with the organization.

With every pattern that’s cut out, and every stitch that’s sewn, Koulas and her students know that they are making a difference in a little girl’s life.

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