Photos courtesy of Guilford Battle Chapter, NSDAR | (Above) NWMS students and FCCLA members pose with their two coaches/teachers who received the Quilts of Valors they created, and with members of the Guilford Battle Chapter NSDAR. The coaches were surprised when the students presented them with the quilts on Feb. 23. (Below, L to R) Marty Smith, Quilts of Valor chair; NWMS teacher/coach Kevin Stewart NWMS teacher Melissa Craven, NSDAR member Sally Smith and NWMS teacher/coach Michael Shaw.
NW GUILFORD - Marty Smith, Quilts of Valor chair, Guilford Battle Chapter NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution), worked with Northwest Middle School students and members of the school's FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) to create Quilts of Valor for two of the school's teachers/coaches, Kevin Stewart and Michael Shaw, who are veterans. The coaches were presented with the quilts in a surprise gathering on Feb. 23.
More than 18 students, all members of FCCLA, worked after school learning how to make quilts with NSDAR members Marty Smith, Sally Smith and Frankie Drake.
"It was fun" the students agreed, while sharing that they not only gained sewing skills, but through the process of making the quilts they heightened their awareness of the role of veterans, and their appreciation for the school's two teachers/coaches who served their country in the armed forces.
"Two of the pillars of DAR are education and patriotism. Our ladies were thrilled to work with these young people," said NSDAR member Laura Mortensen.