Elementary School Presents Quilts to Local Military Veterans | Community Spirit
Hilltop Elementary School students participated in the Quilts of Valor program which crafts quilts to present to military veterans and combat service members. Twenty-five quilts will be presented by Hilltop Elementary and the Quilts of Valor Foundation on May 9, 2013, at 1:45 at a third grade assembly in the cafeteria.
Recipients include an active duty member and retired veterans who now work for the school system. The honorees are:
- Steve Atkins, Veterans High;
- Robert Barringer, Transportation Department;
- Russell Bentley, Maintenance Department;
- Rob Brooks, ComSouth, Perry;
- Willie Frank Brown, Jr., Transportation Department;
- Mark Coffee, Maintenance Department;
- Jimmie Collins, Transportation Department;
- Major Jason Davis, Robins Air Force Base;
- David Foell, Maintenance Department;
- Jason Fuchs, Perry Middle School;
- Charles Helms, retired veteran, Warner Robins;
- Robert Holdman, Transportation Department;
- Nathan Hunt, Bonaire Middle School;
- David Levear, retired veteran, Warner Robins;
- Craig Lightfoot, Perry High School;
- Bill McCarthy, Bonaire Middle School;
- Ted Monbeck, Huntington Middle School;
- Colin Roberts, Parkwood Elementary;
- Chris Shumway, Feagin Mill Middle School;
- Henry Simon, Maintenance Department;
- William Smith, Transportation Department;
- Rick Tillman, Maintenance Department;
- Edward Tucker, Northside Middle School;
- Roland Williams, Bonaire Middle; and
- Fred Wilson, Board of Education, District 4.
Family members are also invited to the program. In addition, some of the special quilts will be sent to wounded warriors in Germany and Afghanistan.
Each of Hilltop Elementary’s 80 third-graders completed a fabric block. The children’s blocks were distributed to Georgia quilters who combined their traditional skills with the children’s blocks to create “patriot quilts.”
During the Hilltop program, Robert Cruthirds, a member of the Ocmulgee Sons of the American Revolution Chapter in Macon and Houston County retired teacher, will attend in uniform. He will make a presentation of $300 to the QOV to continue their efforts.
Each quilt will have a special label identifying it as one that features artwork by Hilltop Elementary children. An example of the label for a quilt named “Freedom’s Call” is pictured below. A Quilt of Valor that will be presented this year is Merci Beaucoup, (pictured above) which was pieced and quilted by Yvonne Bieber of Warner Robins.
Hilltop Elementary School is located at 301 Robert Bryson Smith Parkway in Bonaire. Dr. Ed Mashburn serves as principal. For more information, contact Jennifer Yawn, third grade teacher and project coordinator, at 478-929-6113 or Jennifer.Yawn@hcbe.net.