Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 18, 2013

Stitching together a kind gesture for St. Jude

Wood Hill Middle School student Valerie Nikolopoulos put her interest in sewing to work at the close of the school year to create a quilt for a child in need.

When Nikolopoulos’ sixth-grade math teacher Amy Brady organized a math-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a charity that is dear to her, the 12-year-old decided to go one step further.

In the past, Nikolopoulos, at the direction of her sewing teacher, has used her skills with needle and thread to make sundresses and shorts for children in Haiti, worked with a group on a quilt that was raffled off to raise money for breast cancer research and crafted pillowcases for nursing homes.

Nikolopoulos was in the process of working with her sewing class to make a quilt for a hospice patient when she had the idea to create one to donate to a child at St. Jude. The finished product was then shipped off to the hospital.

The young seamstress, who is the daughter of Jim and Angela Nikolopoulos, was inspired by watching “Project Runway” and decided at age 9 that she wanted to be a designer, her mother said. She has been taking sewing classes at the Lawrence home of Charlene Suliveras ever since.

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