Another school year has come and gone. This year I volunteered in my grandson’s 1st grade class every week. I always enjoy seeing how much the students have grown not only in height but in their knowledge. This year the students and I planned a quilt for their teacher to give to her, at the end of the school year. I traced their hands and then they told me their favorite color. I cut their hands out of fabric in their favorite color. I then had them sign their name to their hand. The hands were stitched to the background fabric using a blanket stitch. The background fabric had pictures of postcards all over it. The students had collected postcards from all over the US. The Oak leaves were placed between the leaves. The oak leaves were to represent the students as a young saplings and how they grow mighty and strong. On the label on back I wrote the last stanza from the poem, The Oak Tree by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.
” Until today I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you
I’m stronger than I ever knew.”