BERTIE COUNTY STUDENTS HONOR FALLEN NY FIREFIGHTERS WITH SPECIAL QUILT
Students from Bertie High School in Bertie County will be honored on Thursday, May 30, from 3-6 p.m. when a quilt that they made to commemorate the losses of Sept. 11, 2001, is unveiled for display in the NC Museum of History lobby.
The quilt, which was completed as a Service Learning project, commemorates the World Trade Center bombing and the heroism of the firefighters who lost their lives in the tragedy. The quilt will be displayed at the museum until June 8. It will be presented to the New York City Fire Department on June 10 by a delegation of Bertie County students and their Family and Consumer Science teacher Carolyn Dail. The quilt honors 10 fallen firefighters from Engine 8, Ladder 2, Battalion 8 of the New York City Fire Department. Denis Germain, one of the firefighters memorialized, is the son of Washington, NC, resident Philip Germain. Philip Germain also has two other sons who are New York City firefighters.
The quilt was designed by Dail and her students as a response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and in memory of Germain's son and the nine other fallen firefighters from his fire station.
The creation of this project started with various suggestions and opinions about New York scenes that could be depicted to represent the students' feelings and thoughts about Sept. 11. Development began around a waving American flag on a white panel of cotton polyester fabric. The burning World Trade Center was appliqued in its center. The lower right corner of the quilt features a 70-piece, appliqued depiction of the Statue of Liberty. The top left corner is a 140-piece appliqued tearful eagle holding a firefighter's helmet with the battalion number displayed on its front. Also, on the white panel is a fireman's shield displaying a black band with the first two lines of the Fireman's Prayer. In the top right corner of the white panel is the battalion number, engine number and ladder of the firehouse being honored.
The outer border of the quilt includes the embroidered names of the 10 fallen firefighters. The four corners of the quilt feature the North Carolina state seal, the outline of New York State, a Bertie High School Falcon and a Windsor Fire Department patch. One panel features the names of the students, parents and other adults and businesses that worked on the quilt.
The quilt took 39 students approximately 240 hours to complete. Each appliqued piece involved an 11-step process.
Student participants included (in order of time donated):
Heather Beddard, Christina Jernigan, Xenia Knight, Kristin Caputo, Amy Jernigan, Josephine Holloman, Shantice Colfield, Shanika Murphy, Rosalyn Williams, Kayla Baggett, Quashawnda Bell, Beverly White, Torain Wilkins, Lauren Perry, Megan Shores, Ashely Hoggard, Patricia Baggett, Janelle Jones. Latoya White, Darnita Lee, Tamera Warren, Jessica White, Kaci Pierce, Candace Ray, Latosha Spellman, Ryan Jernigan, Michael Beddard, John Wilson, Krystal Beddard, Keith Wiggins, Shannon Murphy, Shakera Harris, Connie Jackson, Monica Speller, Nyasia Ten, Kirsten Perry and Candy Wilson.
The quilt was sponsored by a Service Learning grant received by Family and Consumer Science teacher Carolyn Dail. This grant funds projects that help connect meaningful community experiences with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility for middle and high school students.
For more information about this project and event, please call Norman Camp, Staff Assistant, Instructional and Accountability Services, NC Department of Public Instruction, 919.807.3764.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.