Did we ever think there were many positives in 2020? Probably not. Well, in our classes for CCLS, we realized that there actually were: 2020 was an extraordinary and positive year in many ways for all of us. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders came together and started to work on a quilt. The purpose of the quilt was to show that even though 2020 was tough, because of Covid 19 and other events such as the wildfires in Australia, the US elections, and the stock market crash, we learned and grew a lot.
The process of making the quilt had many steps. First, everyone was given a square, and we needed to think deeply about what was important and meaningful to us, and what positive experiences we got out of 2020. Then we drew and colored a picture that represented our experiences on the fabric.
Next, an accomplished quilter, Roseline Woods, and a proud parent of a middle school child, Danielle Wallace volunteered to help us quilt the cloth squares. We got to use regular sewing machines and a special sewing machine to write our name, grade, and where we were from, on the cloth. Then Ms. Woods took all the squares and put them together to form one coherent quilt. The quilt now hangs in our school corridor, available for people to see and reflect upon.
Making the quilt helped us understand 2020 more deeply and find joy in it. We learned that everything has a plus side; it just takes a little time, effort, and intention to find it.
Poem inspired by the Quilt by Dharma
Twenty-twenty is now long gone,
And in all of us, new qualities were born.
In the pandemic, the new “out was in”,
Giving us time to learn, and be with kin.
At home where we had to be,
Our creativity we could see.
We did and we discovered
Things that had to be uncovered.
We tried and we failed,
But each time, determination prevailed.
In the ups and downs, we were crafting history,
And when this time ends, we can share the victory.
The principle Dharma chose to represent in her quilt piece and poem is
Harmony exists in diversity
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