Pearl Necklaces Benefit Water for Life

Pearl Necklaces Benefit Water for Life

The often not-so-nimble fingers of the adolescent boys and girls adeptly fed the elastic string through the tiny holes of the pearls.

Bead by bead, they concentrated ferociously, complete with furrowed brows and jutting tongues.

They were on a mission.

What these St. Frederick junior high students were accomplishing was the construction of unique freshwater pearl necklaces to benefit Water for Life, a charity of the Trey Altick Foundation.

Trey died at age 15 as a result of a personal watercraft accident on Bayou DeSiard in Monroe. Trey was the son of Jay and Helena Altick of Monroe. The Foundation benefits seven charities including Water for Life.

The necklaces are the brainchild of the Altick daughters, Frances, 16, Hannah, 13, and Abi, 11.

"Before his death, the girls wanted to make necklaces to benefit the Parkinson Foundation (Trey's grandfather suffers from this disease)," said their mother, Helena. Trey also did work with Water for Life when he attended Grace Episcopal.

After the accident, the sisters came up with the idea of selling the necklaces for their brother's foundation.

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