By Layla Heninger
Cactus Canyon eighth grader Julia Valgento has a discovered a creative way of turning ordinary duct tape into unique pieces of art – and money for charity. She uses the tape to create anything from roses to pumpkins to hair bows.
She has been selling her duct tape products since April. She sells to students during school for charities such as Wounded Warriors, Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen, World Wildlife Fund, and anti-suicide and anti-bullying hotlines.
Valgento has always had the urge to help the community and improve the environment. With her birthday money in April she bought the supplies she needed to make duct tape wallets, bows, and rings. She later came up with the name Stuck on Giving.
“By a stroke of good fortune, the gift of duct tape came into my hand,” said Julia Valgento. “Little did I know at the time, but I was skilled in the art of tape.”
She sells stickers and ribbons for 50 cents each, while the bows, pens, and roses cost $1.
In the beginning, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do with the profits she made, so she decided to donate to charity. Valgento so far has made over $400.
“I spend a lot of my free time constructing these novelties, but I do not find this to be a strenuous feat,” Valgento said. “I really enjoy doing this and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.”