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     International Quilt Day, March 17, 2012
              Kindergarten students at Robert Churchwell Elementary School in North Nashville help to send quilts to India, Nepal and Cuba.
                 Students in 5th grade learn about slavery, then and now.
A long -term exhibit at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School, Nashville, Tennessee, contains materials about modern day slavery, with photo of former slaves compliments of http://www.freetheslaves.net  and 
Supriya Awasthi  who personally delivered our quilts to slave survivors in Nepal.
        Dignity and meaning are displayed in the faces of fifth graders who reached out to others, by learning about them, and by doing something to make a difference.
       Today is International Quilt Day.  In my sewing room, boxes of quilt tops sit finished,  compliments of the wonderful women of Progress, Tennessee, United Methodist Women's Association. Boxes sit, ready to be quilted. Today, I am excited, I will celebrate International Quilt Day, by quilting.  I would like to mention and support the wonderful work, and important quilt projects who raise awareness, who raise funds to support change, who wrap people in quilts to comfort and heal. Thank you for all your work. And again, I thank you all who have supported this project, by making quilts, by taking quilts, working with students, and by supporting our efforts by donating fabric and funds, so that we can deliver quilts.
        Our project began as a gift to comfort children and families in war torn Afghanistan, it had meaning for the fourth grade students who made them. It changed them. They thought about caring about others, others beyond their realm of comfort. In March 2002, quilts were exhibited at Kabul University. Thanks to Medea Benjamin,  Global Exchange, and Peaceful Tomorrows Families. The quilts were then given away to children on the street, in hospitals, orphanages, and schools. This month, thanks to Nelda Villines, a quilt from Aquinas college was given away  to Juma, Sudan. A new country in South Sudan. We are talking about social justice, and opening our hearts beyond the realm of comfort. Opening our minds to new things and new peoples.  As a teacher, we are encouraging our students to learn about the vast wide world around us, and engage. Thank you all for helping to do that.
                                                                            - Judith Biondo Meeker

Quilts of Valor Foundation
 The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This foundation is not about politics. It's about people.
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)
Raising Awareness & Funding Research Through Art
The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States, and to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982.
More than Warmth is an educational project for students of all ages to learn about world cultures. It fosters understanding, knowledge and compassion among cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical, and nonreligious means.

"More than Warmth" (Más que calor) es un proyecto educativo para estudiantes de todas edades para aprender sobre culturas del mundo. Fomenta la comprensión, el conocimiento, y la compasión entre culturas por medios no violentas, no políticos y no religiosos.
More than Warmth | 110 Fifth Road | Summertown, Tennessee 38483
615-975-3880 | info@morethanwarmth.org | www.morethanwarmth.org

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