Quilters help a stitch at a time


by Myndi Brogdon

Roundup correspondent

Later this month, the Strawberry Patchers Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild will hold its annual Quiltathon to make quilts for children who have been involved in accidents and other traumatizing events. The club makes quilts and gives them to the Arizona Department of Public Safety to be distributed to the officers. Officers carry the quilts in their patrol cars and give them to children who need comforting.

Since 1990, the guild has made and delivered to DPS Headquarters 2,062 quilts.

"The last letter that I received was from an officer in the DPS crime laboratory," Willene Smith said. "He thanked me for our efforts and stated the following: 'A quilt was given to a child removed from parents who were operating a clandestine laboratory manufacturing methamphetamine in their home. The conditions the child was living in were extremely filthy and involved possible exposure to toxic chemicals and drugs.

"'The child was removed from the parents after a tactical entry was made of the house. I understand that these quilts were intended for children involved in traumatic situations. I feel the 11-month-old child was indeed involved in a traumatic situation.'

"The fact that this officer took the time to thank us is proof enough that our efforts are worth all the time spent on this project," Smith said.

Last year, in just three days, the Patchers made 80 quilts. This year, the quilters will be working March 21 through March 23, and hope to whip out 100 quilts.

Those who would like to watch or help are invited to stop by the Pine Community Center and check on the progress of the old-fashioned quilting bee until 4 p.m. March 21 through March 23. For more information, call Smith at 476-3587.

Science fair

Pine-Strawberry School junior high students are readying their projects for the school's annual science fair.

I haven't seen any volcanoes, but in previous years, students have built robots, electricity generators and critters.

The projects will be on display Monday through Friday next week in the halls of the school. Judging will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. The community is invited to check out the entries in this event. This is a chance to see future genius. Awards will be handed out during the flag ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday, March 23.

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