CPA’s 2016 Quilt of Valor
Written by Jenna Needham
Jennifer Amy is a middle school teacher at Colorado Preparatory Academy (CPA), a K12 school, who has gotten K12 students from across the nation to help complete making their fourth annual “Quilt of Valor” to donate to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The Foundation enlists volunteers to make comforting quilts for veterans.
Jennifer was introduced to the Foundation in 2012, when a national quilt club she participates in had a guest speaker who showed students how a long-arm quilting machine works. Following the demonstration, Jennifer’s students requested to join the philanthropic effort.
“Students take great pride in being a part of the Quilt of Valor project,” said Jennifer. “Some of the students have a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle in the military, so for them it really is meaningful. Others have huge hearts and enjoy giving to others!”
This year, the students chose a “Star Spangled Banner” themed flag. All of the students were assigned a section of the flag to sew, either by hand or by machine. K12 students from across the nation contributed to this quilt, including some of her CPA students.
The Quilt of Valor project is an engaging way for students to give back to their community while doing something they enjoy. A young lady in the community even had the honor of placing the club’s quilt over the shoulders of a Vietnam veteran who was chosen to be this year’s recipient.
Jennifer Amy (pictured on the right) with CPA’s 2015 Quilt of Valor