O'Hara School photos
The class of 2013 from O'Hara School in Eugene.
O'Hara School photos
The class of 2013 from O'Hara School in Eugene.

EUGENE — While community service is an important pillar of education at O’Hara School here, Cookies for a Cause has created an opportunity to initiate conversation with girls about self-confidence, respect and the importance of feeling safe in their own homes.

O'Hara Catholic Middle School Cookie Club is an elective selected primarily by 13- and 14-year-old girls and led by Kris Kartub. The club this spring presented a check to Womenspace, a domestic violence prevention project.

After the O’Hara Cookie Club practiced baking skills and impressed the staff with a tasty assortment of samples, the girls wanted to think of a meaningful way to bake for a cause.  

Recognizing a teachable moment with this group exclusively of girls at an impressionable age, Kartub suggested Womenspace. Both as a mother of a 15-year-old daughter and a middle school teacher, Kartub is always looking for ways to cultivate confident, independent young women who know they deserve to be treated with dignity.

The girls embraced the idea and ran with it.

The $860 donation is the result of the club baking 860 cookies, promoting the club at the schools and receiving a $430 matching gift given by Dr. Amy McCarthy, a women’s health specialist and parent at the school.