The Edmond Sun
Hanging on the wall is a large quilt, but not an ordinary one. This quilt is made of paper with squares colored by almost every student who attends Ida Freeman Elementary School.
As quilts made of cloth are stitched together with thread and love, each of the quilt pieces the children drew were drawn with love. As the paper pieces were all joined together, they composed the school’s paper Quilt of Compassion.
The quilt was entered in the Respect Diversity Foundation’s yearly contest.
Students in Linda Skinner’s Gifted and Talented program at Ida Freeman wanted to make a project embracing diversity and how each person needs to be shown compassion including love and kindness, caring and concern.
Skinner’s Gifted and Talented third-graders shared their quilt and their thoughts as they explained the pieces they drew and how they and others can show compassion, caring and concern. Their topics were varied, but each one was heartfelt as the students pointed out the square they had drawn and explained what it meant.
Mikah Branson said he wanted a place where everybody in the world could have peace and love, and Kaleb Dunbar said he wanted old shoes to send them to people who did not have them in Africa.
Kristopher Blue said, “I care about everyone in the world who has problems,” and Jennifer Huang said, “I care about the pollution in China. Peace and love is awesome.”
Abby Seagroves brought her concerns closer to home. She said, “I care about the homeless people because they have no food and clothes like us. They starve every day and I feel bad for them.”
Emma Ferguson said she cared about homeless people and her grandma who has pneumonia, and Trace Phillips said he cares about his grandfather because his back felt really bad.
Avery Long said he cared about people, “who don’t have the stuff we do,” and Riann Brock said she hoped people get food from the Food Bank if they are hungry and she hopes the Chernobyl nuclear accident and Japan’s tsunami-damaged Fukushima reactor problems don’t happen again.
Brianna Portello said she hoped she could emulate her mother’s heart.
The students put their concerns in action as they helped one of the cafeteria workers.
Cafeteria worker Lilly McCrea stopped by to thank the students for everything they had done for her this year. McCrea is recovering from Stage III breast cancer she was diagnosed with in September. She was riding with the aid of a scooter since she had broken her foot recently, and in the meantime the students had decorated her scooter for her with Jaguar (school’s mascot) healing ribbons showing their Jaguar love.
“A multitude of love has poured out on her,” Skinner said. The children have made cards and the teachers made her a pumpkin basket.
“Our school is full of people with life experiences and compassion,” McCrea said.