Kaitlin and Every Piece Counts were featured on The Seattle Times today. The article was originally published by The Record on Saturday, May 7, 2011, and was written by Allison Pries. The article was then syndicated nationally and was picked up by The Seattle times. You can read the full article on The Seattle Times or check out an excerpt from the article below. We are keeping track of all of the articles about ‘Every Piece Counts’ and have posted all of the features on the ‘In The News’ page! Be sure to check it out..
Kaitlin Reilly spends her free time a little differently than most teenagers.
Sure, she plays tennis, does volunteer work, is the treasurer of the Northern Highlands Regional High School Latin Club and a member of the National Honor Society.
But the 17-year-old junior also spends hours and hours putting together jigsaw puzzles.
With her latest puzzle she’s hoping to raise money and awareness for autism. Reilly is working on a 24,000-piece puzzle called “Life: The Great Challenge” — images of sea life, Atlantis, wild animals, sailboats, the solar system and more. It was once certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle. Reilly is listed in the “Life” puzzle’s Hall of Fame, where she currently holds the title of “Youngest in the World to Complete Solo.”
Last month, she launched Every Piece Counts — a campaign she hopes will get people to sponsor puzzle pieces for $1 so that the completed project can raise $24,000. The money will be donated to Autism Speaks, an organization that funds research for autism, increases awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocates for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. — The Seattle Times