The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 1, 2013

Third-graders make quilt squares for hurricane survivors

By Emily Younker

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than 1,200 students from Joplin public and private schools, Carthage, Webb City and Carl Junction will participate this month in a project at Spiva Center for the Arts in which they will make hope-themed quilts.

Students will decorate squares of fabric, which will be pieced into quilts with help from local quilters. The quilts will be donated to East Coast survivors of Superstorm Sandy and could go locally to the Ronald McDonald House, Lafayette House and Children’s Haven, according to Karalee McDonald, Spiva’s education coordinator.

Caillieya Thompson, a third-grader at Cecil Floyd Elementary School in Joplin, said she liked being able to create something that helps someone else.

“I drew a heart, and then I also drew a peace sign to show peace and hope,” she said. “I drew a smiley face. Those are things that make me happy whenever I’m sad.”