Students from Cataline Elementary School in Williams Lake learned a lesson they won’t soon forget.
Karyn Sache’s Grade 1 and 2 class with help from grade 5 and 6 students, along with experienced quilters, all pitched in and created a quilt that will be gifted to a residential school survivor in the area.
“The project sparked late in the summer when I having tea with my mom. “She was talking to a fellow quilting guild member that was working with Phyllis Webstad to make these comfort quilts for Residential School Survivors,” Sace said, “and so I thought, hey I have some little hands that would love to help out in my classroom, and what a great way for them to give back and give some comfort to someone who has gone through some trauma in their life.”
Sash added that these future quilters were excited to do and complete this project, and even more excited when Phyllis Webstad showed up yesterday (November 28) to accept it.
“I feel so fortunate that she was able to come into our classroom to receive that quilt on behalf of another community member. My mom’s friend Elaine Watt help organize that as she was working with Phyllis to organize the quilting project for the larger amount of quilts that were being made. So Phyllis came in and we had a nice conversation with both my class and the 5-6 class that helped out. You could feel the emotion in the room from the kids. They really understood what was happening and it was really a powerful moment for all of them.”
She added that the students were fully involved in the making of the quilt, a great learning experience that they will be doing more of in the future.