While many students were busy playing sports or hitting the
swimming pool, one St. Louis student spent her summer, not only continuing to
learn, but also giving to others. Emma Page, a fifth grade student at St.
Paul’s Lutheran School in Des Peres, took this past summer to learn how to sew.
While many may consider sewing to be a lost art, Emma took to it with ease with
the help of her grandmother, Carol Page. Carol comes in from Washington every
summer to spend two months with her grandchildren. It was Emma’s plan from the beginning
to make pillowcases after reading an American Girl book about a girl who made
pillowcases and donated them. She wanted to do the same. Emma and her mother,
Beth Page, researched St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s website and discovered
they accepted pillowcases and the instructions to complete. Emma and her
grandmother worked on the pillowcases throughout the summer. First picking the fabric and the trim, making
sure the pillowcases would be for boys and girls of all ages. Then the work of
transformation to pillowcases began by cutting and sewing the pieces together. They
set up an assembly line with Emma cutting out the pattern and sewing while
Grandma ironed the seams. They spent many hours together over the course
of the summer and in the end were able to donate 15 pillowcases to St. Louis
Children’s Hospital. Kimber Wilcox, a Special Events Project Coordinator from
Children’s was presented with the completed pillowcases at the end of the
summer. When asked why she wanted to learn to sew, Emma replied, “I liked the idea of taking something and
transforming it into something else." She went on to say that sewing
is like that - taking a piece of fabric and making it into anything you
want. She also made pajamas for herself and an exchange student that lives
with them. Emma knew from the beginning she wanted to make something for
others. Her mom credits this dedication to giving and service to her school,
St. Paul’s Lutheran, “Molding caring servant leaders in everything they do, and
instilling the desire to give to others.” It was a unique and fun summer
project – learning a new talent, spending time with family, and serving others
– and transformational in more ways than one. Emma has already declared that
she would like to do it again.
For over 164 years, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, located at the intersection of Ballas Road and Manchester Road in Des Peres, has created a legacy of providing excellent Christian education for children ages 6 weeks through eighth grade. St. Paul’s is committed to sharing Christ's love and providing an environment and opportunity for students to develop their God-given potential: spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially as they strive in their mission toward developing caring servant leaders. Visit us at www.stpaulsdesperes.org.