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Piedmont SRO and students make a dream come true for a young girl

Piedmont High School Resource Officer David Ludlow, at left, unveils an American Girl Dollhouse for Addison Williams during a surprise presentation at his school. Also pictured, at right, is her mother, Anson Middle School SRO Patty Williams.

When Piedmont High School Resource Officer David Ludlow made an American Girl Dollhouse for the daughter of a friend with terminal cancer, he had no way of knowing it would evolve into a school-wide community service project.

Overwhelmed by the kind gesture, Ludlow’s friend, Doug Dent, and his wife Jennifer, decided to pay it forward by funding a dollhouse for another deserving young girl. Materials for the dollhouse, which is six feet high, eight feet wide and 22 inches wide, cost $800.

Following his friend’s generous offer, Ludlow began a second dollhouse this past fall, but this time, he enlisted the help of Piedmont High’s National Art Honor Society students who decorated and made furniture for the house.

“It’s neat to get students involved,” said Piedmont High art teacher Tracy Price. “Even after they graduate they could continue to help out by contributing materials. It’s teaching them to pay it forward.”

The second dollhouse was given to Addison Williams recently during a surprise presentation at Piedmont High School. Her parents, Anson Middle School SRO Patty Williams and her husband, Anson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Williams, were on hand when the unveiling occurred.

“It means so much,” Patty said. “I had no idea. I think its amazing for these young people to give to someone they’ve never met before. You just don’t know what this means. This is something she would have never seen in her lifetime.”

Savannah Collins, a 15-year-old 10th grade National Art Honor Society student, and her mom made a blanket for the American Girl Doll that lives in the dollhouse. She also made a table and helped decorate one of its bedrooms.

“I think this is a pretty cool opportunity to make this a Piedmont thing; to say, this is something we do and take pride in making sure these students know we love and support them,” Savannah said.

“I think it’s really important to give back to the community, especially when you have a little girl like Addison who deserves it so much,” Savannah added. “It’s really great to see an entire community come out and support her, to make her dreams come true, because you know every little girl wants a dollhouse.”

Ludlow agrees and enjoys the opportunity to make it happen. “It’s my way of giving back to the community,” he said. “I love woodworking. I love making things. And I want to be able to give this to a little girl who would otherwise never be able to have this, to a family that would never have been able to afford this.”

The dollhouse comes complete with an American Girl Doll. Building and decorating the house has become a community service project for Piedmont High students attempting to get into the National Art Honor Society.

Ludlow is hoping to build a dollhouse for a deserving child each year and is looking for sponsorship and donations for the cost of the projects. “I’m hoping this is the first of many that we can do for a lot of kids.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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