On Wednesday (March 15) morning, 8th grade students at Belleville Middle School hosted a Quilts of Valor program. The Quilt of Valor is the highest honor that a civilian can present to a veteran. Vicki Sasso, who represents the Quilts of Valor Foundation, spoke to the students and guests about the history and importance of the program. The students also explained what they learned during this process. The learned and blogged about several military campaigns including the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom. However, they also took away research skills, along with communication and teamwork skills.
The presentation today was completely student-led and was simply amazing! Most importantly, students were able to honor local veterans. Erica Long presented her dad, Kevin, with a quilt. Adrianna Herritz presented her father, Josh, with a quilt. Raina Nicholson was also able to present her grandfather, Bliss, with a Quilt of Valor.
The program today was a culmination of work that began back in November. It demonstrates the school district's partnerships with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Belleville Public Library, and Patches & Petals. Today's program clearly showed why Belleville is a great place to be. Our students were tremendous. Thank you so much to Mr. Gentilli and Mrs. Schultz for leading this effort. They should be very proud of the performance of their students today!