Volunteer needed to give sewing lessons

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Lewiston Housing Authority runs an afterschool program for elementary, middle and early high school youth. We are in need of a volunteer who is skilled in machine sewing.

We previously ran a very successful program a few years ago as part of our Aspirations club for middle and high school students, but our supporting organization no longer has the capacity to provide a volunteer. Our kids are eager and energetic and have been looking forward to sewing again. We have several machines, thread, patterns and boxes of fabric but we are waiting to find the right person to run this historically popular program.

Previous activities have included mending and altering old clothing, sewing hijabs, dresses and other clothing. The children also presented some of their work at the Topsham Fair. Potential volunteers need to know how to operate, thread and care for a sewing machine, have experience sewing clothing based on patterns and have experience working with children.

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For more information, please call 207-783-8539 or email charris@lewistonhousing.org. — Carla Harris, Lewiston.

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Telstar Regional Middle/High School would like to extend a big thank you to staff, students, community members and area businesses for their generous donations to our Channel 13 School Spirit Challenge to raise money and food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The sense of school spirit and pride shone through with all of the donations that brought us to the championship with a total of over 56,000 “pounds.” Equally important, much of these donations get funneled right back into the community food pantry to help with food insecurity. This is just one event that shows the commitment to people helping each other. We are extremely fortunate to be a part of such as caring community and school. — Cheryl Lang, Kristin Dacko and Mark Dacko, Bethel.

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