Patched with Purpose

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In honor of Black History Month, students in Noreen Paccione’s third-grade class at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School District created a class quilt.

Students were taught about the many contributions and traditions of African Americans, specifically how quilts and quilt making became an integral part of the culture. Students learned that quilts were especially helpful when slaves tried to escape from slave states in the south before the Civil War. During this time in history, people would place quilts on their rooftops to signify that the house was a safe haven for slaves.

Paccione’s class quilt was displayed at Oldfield Middle School during the district’s Black History Celebration for students, family and members of the community to enjoy.