Holly Bright’s kindergarten class at Grandview Elementary honored veterans Richard Guardiola and Wayde Phillips by presenting them with patriotic quilts on November 11.
While visitors are still not allowed in schools, this year’s recipients happened to be Grandview staff members as well, so students were able to present the quilts in person. Richard Guardiola is a building aide and Wayde Phillips is the head custodian.
Leading up to Veterans Day each year, students learn what a veteran is, the sacrifices they make, and why we celebrate them. Mrs. Bright finds veterans in the community who are willing to share their personal stories with students and visit with them about their specific line of duty while they served.
“This experience allows my students to see the gift of love, support, and compassion for others,” Bright said. “These are things I cannot teach through academics, but lessons that will last a lifetime.”
As a thank you for their service, the class helps make a quilt to give to a veteran in their community. Mrs. Bright’s mother creates patriotic quilt squares and each student is able to add something to one of the squares before she sews the squares together and finishes the quilt.
The idea stemmed from the Quilts of Valor project that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with a comforting and healing quilt.