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Third graders add love to the comfort of a quilt

Filed in Archive, Slingerlands by on October 4, 2019

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“Quilts are hugs you can get when no one else is around.”

That was the message for third graders who spent part of their day on Friday, Sept. 27 crafting special artwork and designing fabric squares that will help bring the warmth and comfort of a quilt to a child in need.

Unicorns, cats, rainbows, smiley faces and lots of hearts were lovingly drawn and colored by students on individual fabric squares. The artwork was carefully traced in permanent marker by parent volunteers and will be dyed and stitched into five colorful quilts by expert quilters in the coming weeks. The quilts will return to the school briefly later this year so students can see their handiwork, and then will be donated to area shelters and programs that serve people in need in early 2020.

The community service project, spearheaded by third-grade teacher Sue Fitzpatrick, is a partnership with the Shenendehowa Quilt Project, which has been providing quilts to children and families for 20 years. The project gives students the opportunity to help other children with artwork they have designed with their own hands and with images that make them feel happy.

Ann Schwanda, founder of the Shenendehowa Quilt Project, coordinated the effort with Fitzpatrick.

“Seeing your drawings on these quilts lets others know they are not alone,” Schwanda told the third graders. “These quilts are for children who may be going through a difficult time in their lives. They are always appreciated.”

Watch for photos of the Slingerlands’ students finished quilts later this year.