Rye Neck High School Students Donate Handmade Quilts to The Women’s Justice Center

Six rising seniors at Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, NY have chosen to creatively fulfill their school’s community service requirement by making quilts for the benefit of others.  Caitlan Werner, Diana Sterk, Erin Reid, Ikuko Hamada, Katie Canonico and Rebecca Barclay of Mamaroneck have each spent close to 50 hours on this project under the direction of Carol Sterk and have produced 6 crib quilts, which the girls have chosen to donate to the Women’s Justice Center of Pace University Law School in White Plains.  The quilts will be auctioned at a fundraiser, the proceeds used to pay for legal services for the center’s domestic violence clients.

The girls represent the next generation in a long tradition of women sustaining each other both emotionally and materially through their quilting.  They found time to complete their quilts despite demanding academic schedules, varsity athletic competition and a host of other school activities.  Diana, Erin and Caitlan were members of the Rye Neck High School Westchester County Championship 2001 Mock Trial Team and had a special interest in contributing to a law-based program.  The students hope to complete at least a few more quilts before the Women’s Justice Center’s auction early in 2002.

The Center will auction these uniquely gorgeous quilts at our next dinner/silent auction, which will be in Spring 2002.  Pace Women’s Justice Center, relies 100% on grants and donations to support its work of annually educating dozens of law students, representing over 900 battered women, and training thousands.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. The School offers the J.D. program for full-time, and part-time day and evening students. Its post-graduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in environmental Law and the LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs and its Clinical Education Program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, securities arbitration.

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