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Fashion in style at Victoria's Kid College (w/video)

By Carolina Astrain
June 27, 2014 at 1:27 a.m.

Kaylee Vargas, 9, struts her stuff down the runway as she shows off a wrap dress she created in a fashion show to end Thursday's session of Victoria College's Kids College fashion designer course. A Lego engineering course was also offered for students in the Kids College.

Kelsea Akin steadied her hand as she sketched images of cats and dogs for her fashion designer logo, Animal Love.

Kelsea, an incoming fourth-grader headed to Dudley Elementary School in the fall, was at Victoria College's Kids College this week as part of a fashion design camp, which was new to the program this summer.

"It's been cool and awesome because I got to learn about fashion," Kelsea, 9, said. "I've learned more about necklines and what different types of sleeves there are."

Kelsea said she was inspired by her close relationship with her dog, Diamond, who was born under a shed at her house.

A member of the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria since kindergarten, Kelsea said she enjoyed spending a week learning something new with other students she already knew through the center.

The Albert and Mary Dick Charitable Trust donated $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria to cover tuition for up to 120 students to attend the weeklong camp.

While about 14 girls learned about the basics of fashion design, another group of boys equal in size spent their week using Legos to sharpen their critical thinking skills.

"We've been focused on trying to get students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers," said Amy Mundy, VC Foundation executive director. "This is part of our alignment with the local school districts and workforce development needs in our community."

Brooke Kahlich, who will be teaching at the Career and Technical High School in Pasadena, said she's enjoyed working with the students during the past week.

"I love it," Kahlich said. "They're all so sweet."

Danyel DeLaGarza, 10, an incoming fourth-grader, said she decided to create a sports fashion line at the camp.

"I was just thinking about sports because that's what I do," Danyel said. "I want to become a fashion designer."



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