Students' handmade quilt celebrating Kenai's past, present hangs in airport

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2002

Fourth-grade students from Mountain View Elementary School gathered at Kenai Municipal Airport Thursday for the hanging of their community quilt.

The students made the quilt last year as a community studies project in Monica Heath's third-grade class.

Students brainstormed topics of importance to their community, each selected and researched a different topic, wrote a paragraph to describe their topic and painted a quilt square.

Topics included everything from Old Town, homesteaders and the Kenai River flats to fishing, wildlife, beaches and mountains to shopping, bowing, golf and architecture.

"We learned a lot about the city and its culture and stuff," said student Molly Graves.

"I think it gives them more of a sense of place, of where they live," Heath added.

Heath sewed the squares together into a quilt, which the student presented to the Kenai City Council last spring.

"I thought it would get tucked away in a corner in city hall or something," Heath said.

Instead, the council decided to hang the quilt in the city airport to greet visitors.

"It's a big deal having it hung in the airport," saidstudent Maya Johnson.

Seth Blumenshine added, "I think it's cool because everybody can see what third-graders did."



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