Quilts helps raise money for historic schoolhouse



Battle Ground — Mary Jo Lewis, 82, was honored March 11 at a Venersborg Community Club meeting for her years of volunteerism. Lewis has sewn more than a dozen quilts that have been raffled to raise funds for the Historic Venersborg Schoolhouse, which celebrates its centennial this year. Lewis turned to quilting 20 years ago to stay busy after her husband died and she retired from a career as an operating room nurse. She sews quilts and teaches fundamentals of quilting in her Battle Ground studio.

“I love quilting because you can do so much with it,” Lewis said.

Lewis’s quilts are slated to be displayed at the schoolhouse. One will be raffled in the fall. For details, visit the schoolhouse’s Facebook page.