Hudson earns Eagle Scout rank
Michael W. Hudson, 17, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 278, led by scoutmaster Alan Moore.
For his Eagle project, Hudson distributed fliers in Ahwatukee Foothills requesting food donations, then collected, boxed and shipped the donated items to a United States military unit stationed overseas. He raised $1,040 to cover the shipping cost of 100 boxes by asking for individual donations and holding a car wash at Taco Bell on Chandler Boulevard. Packages From Home provided the boxes and labels as well as the facility to box the items. The project involved 36 volunteers and took 174 hours to complete.
Hudson is the son of Robert and Connie Hudson and is a senior at Desert Vista High School.
Sew-In benefits homeless veterans
What do jean squares, pillowcases and homeless veterans have in common? They were the focus of a youth mission project that led to Desert Foothills United Methodist Church’s first Sew-In. The project was part of breaking up Walls’ Jeans, Mat and Pillowcase project, which uses art as a way to connect kids to issues around poverty. The jean squares were used to make mats that may be used as a sit upon, blanket or whatever the need may be. The pillowcases will hold the mat, hygiene items and simple foods.
Before the Sew-In, much work had already been done. The jeans were cut into four-inch squares by youth and adults from the church and community. Next came decorating the jean squares with words and drawings of hope. This was done by the children from DFUMC and the Wesley Center’s Crocodile Doc Vacation Bible School. Middle school students from the Wesley Center decorated pillow cases with their message of God sightings and places of joy.
At the Sew-In, nine youths and five adults came together to pin, sew and iron the jean squares to make the mats. After the squares were sewn together, they were then sewn to a flannel backing. Over 500 squares were used to make nine mats.
The pillowcases will be distributed by the Under the Bridge program of Breaking Up Walls. This program helps homeless men and women veterans.
For more information about Desert Foothills UMC Youth, contact youth director Jamie Willey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AF students graduate, make Dean’s List
Ahwatukee Foothills residents Kaila Hochhalter and Joseph Paxton graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in May. Hochhalter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts, and Paxton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Brooke Johnson and Daniel Liles were named to the spring 2009 Dean’s List.
Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to qualify for the Dean’s List.
Community Day at Montessori Educare Academy
Montessori Educare Academy parents recently gathered to promote the school’s inaugural Community Day. The group of 45 parents spent the day repainting playground equipment, bike paths and playground games. They repaired and painted the playground gazebo, planted citrus trees and readied the vegetable garden for planting.
The morning was filled with hard work, community effort and school spirit, and the students, ranging in age from 12 months to six years, were thrilled with their new outdoor environment.
Montessori Educare Academy is located at 1244 E. Chandler Blvd. For information, call (480) 283-8885.