This blog post was written by Kathy Reilly for her daughter Kaitlin, who is a junior at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey.
On April 15, 2011, Kaitlin Reilly launched her “Every Piece Counts” project in which she is completing the “World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle” (24,000 pieces and 70 sq. ft.), entitled “LIFE” to raise $24,000 for Autism Speaks. Kaitlin holds the titles of “Youngest in the World to Complete Solo”, “The Youngest in the World Solo after Mixing All the Puzzle Pieces Prior to Assembling” and “First to Complete in New Jersey, USA”
Since the launch, Kaitlin and her project have been featured in numerous newspapers across the county and have raised over $3,000 for Autism Speaks. To read about the project and to see the progress of the puzzle, visit www.everypiececounts.com. Kaitlin has set-up a camera that takes a photograph of her working on the puzzle every minute and at the end there will be a short video of her completing the entire 24,000 piece puzzle. Check out the “teaser’ video below!
In addition to working hard on the puzzle, Kaitlin is actively getting the community involved. She organized a “Dress Down Day” at a local school where the teachers and staffed donated $5.00 to wear casual clothing for a day. Kaitlin is also teaming up with Moe’s Southwest Grill in Mahwah, NJ, to host a dine-in night and benefit concert. Some of NJ’s local bands and high school rockers will be playing on Saturday, June 12th from 5 – 9 p.m. Moe’s will be donating 10% of the proceeds from the entire day to Autism Speaks, directly benefiting Kaitlin’s project. If you are in the area, please be sure to stop by!
Kaitlin would love your support of her project, by making a donation and sharing it with family and friends. Feel free to “LIKE” the project on Facebook, since she’s trying to get 24,000 people to “LIKE” the page. She also needs a good home for the puzzle when it is completed, so please email her if you have any ideas/suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help Kaitlin’s efforts by reaching her goal of $24,000 and donate at http://bit.ly/jz0DQw.
If you’re a high school or college student that would like to get involved with our organization, visit the Autism Speaks U website for information.