Carmel Valley: Solana Highlands students present quilts to Becky’s House
By Karen Billing
For the 11th year in a row, Solana Highlands Elementary School children made quilts for Becky’s House, a YWCA house for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. At a school-wide assembly on Friday, May 6, their 27 colorful and creative quilts hung on the ledges above the outdoor courtyard.
Students created the artwork for the quilts, which ranged in themes from beaches to bumblebees. Parents then volunteered to stitch their patches of artwork together to create the beautiful blankets. This year, a fourth grade sewer completed her class quilt — Hannah Clark in Felicity Smith’s class. Clark said she received help from her dad.
One class even made a pillowcase.
PTA representative Susan Stein said that the artwork done by the children is the heart of the project.
“It’s really been fun for me to look at every piece of art. When these get to Becky’s House those kids are going to get to enjoy all the artwork you’ve put into these quilts,” Stein told the children.
Caity Meader, manager at Becky’s House, thanked the school for its contribution.
“We use these quilts on beds to make the kids feel welcome and warm,” Meader said. “Then they can take the quilt with them when they move into their own home.”
In addition to the gift of 27 quilts, third grader Nick Fornaciara’s grandmother Barbara Lounsbury hand crocheted 20 stuffed animals for Becky’s House.
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