Quilt made for victims

Students and staff made a “”quilt of remembrance”” for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of Welcome Week’s Day of Service.

Participants included members of the Active Community at Thurgood Marshall College community service club, students from other colleges and administrative staff.

The quilt patches are actually squares of construction paper decorated by individual students during the service club’s first annual Day of Service. For two hours on the morning of Sept. 18, students were invited to come into Oceanview Lounge and construct a square using colored paper, markers, crayons, glue or anything else they could procure. The squares were later taken to a professional printer and laminated. The quilt was laid out and the individual pieces tied together with string at the ACT meeting on Sept. 25.

More than 120 students contributed to the making of the quilt.

The quilt is now displayed in the Marshall Dean’s office. It will be on display for approximately one more week, and then it will be sent to the East Coast along with a $400 donation to the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington, D.C. The money will be given to the wives and children of the fire fighters who died in the World Trade Center collapse.

Original plans for the Day of Service involved having children from The Preuss School work together with ACT to make greeting cards for senior citizens. However, after the attacks occurred, those plans were canceled.

ACT leaders decided that the quilt was the best way for students to show their support.

Paula Gluzman, one of the co-chairs of ACT, said that the attacks were “”still fresh on everyone’s mind”” on the morning of Sept. 18. Laying butcher paper on the floor of the Oceanview Lounge, Gluzman and others handed out materials to the students and simply “”let them at it.””

Gluzman said it was “”nice to see a lot of energy and encouraging words,”” as many students stayed to talk about their feelings after constructing their piece.

Acting Marshall Provost Michael Schudson and Marshall Dean of Student Affairs Ashanti Houston-Hands each constructed a square.

The quilt, which covers most of a wall in the Dean’s office hallway, is covered with various decorations, including American flags, praying hands, hearts, flowers and lots of red, white and blue. Other squares state words of encouragement or Bible verses.

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