SF mother honored for her quilting

May 28, 2009 10:46:01 PM PDT
At a time when budgets are being slashed, some school districts are struggling. One Bay Area mom has come up with an innovative way to help her kids' school and Thursday she was honored for her efforts.

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Some parents sponsor bake sales and carwashes to raise money for their kids' school. Carol Munch quilts.

"We've made almost 300," Munch said.

The mother of three started 16 years ago when her daughter was in kindergarten at Claire Lilienthal School in San Francisco. She signed up to take over the project from another parent.

"I've always been kind of crafty, but never a quilter," Munch said.

She was a fast learner.

Munch runs quilting bees where every child in every classroom creates at least one square. The finished products are auctioned off at an annual fundraiser. So far the quilts have raised more than $300,000 for the school. They have also given munch a sense of community.

"That's something I didn't really realize I was getting into when I signed up for quilting - the sense of pulling the community together - that wasn't on my radar screen at all, but that has meant a lot," Munch said.

Thursday, she was honored. The auditorium at Claire Lilienthal where some of her quilts hang is being named after her.

"I feel very, very blessed; I feel as much as I've given I get back 100 times as much," Munch said.

This year, Munch's youngest child is graduating from the school and she will step aside as a volunteer. But she has already trained other parents to pick up needle and thread and keep the tradition going.

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