by Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster
LEWISTOWN — The Health Careers Club at the Lewistown location of South Hills School of Business & Technology recently organized a shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.
Founded in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries, including here in the United States. The founders’ vision is to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.
Throughout the month of October, South Hills Lewistown’s students, faculty, and staff donated over 140 pairs of gently used shoes and boots in both children’s and adults’ sizes. The shoes will be added to donations collected by other local businesses for a delivery of over 2,600 pairs of shoes that will be shipped out for distribution in March 2017.
Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.
The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.
Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.
Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.
Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.
Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.
She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.
Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.