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Sycamore girl travels to New York for fashion, charity event

KIDBOX Kids Board of Directors member Megan McConnaughay is shown Wednesday at KIDBOX HQ in New York City.
KIDBOX Kids Board of Directors member Megan McConnaughay is shown Wednesday at KIDBOX HQ in New York City.

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore High School student was chosen to be on the board of directors for a children's clothing company and had the chance to travel to New York City to learn about fashion and giving.

Megan McConnaughay, 14, applied for the position with KIDBOX and was one of 10 children ages 6 to 14 selected for the opportunity.

"I knew we would be helping people, like how I do in my community," she said.

KIDBOX sends custom boxes of brand-name clothes to customers each season and donates new clothes to children in need, according to its website.

Megan's history of helping others includes the "Pumpkins for Punkins" project she started on her family's farm to raise money for Goodfellows charity efforts. In December, her project raised $1,500, enough to provide clothing and toys for about 40 children.

Megan said she and her dad came up with the idea to grow pumpkins for a cause after she inherited her grandfather's tractor.

The trip to New York City, where KIDBOX is headquartered, included learning about the fashion industry, giving input on upcoming youth fashion trends and writing inspirational cards for less-fortunate students through the nonprofit Children of Promise.

"It was really cool," Megan said. "I made new friends and did really nice things for their community."

Megan said she has been interested in fashion since she was 3 years old and would play dress-up with her mom.

"I love fashion, and I love helping other people," she said.

Megan said she wants to be a kindergarten teacher when she grows up because she really loves kids. She is the youngest of three and has two older sisters, Mary, 18, and Maggie, 15.

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