Gilliard Elementary School recently donated a quilt to the Alabama State Department of Education. The quilt took two years to complete was handmade by gifted education students attending the school.
The quilt titled “We Are the Colours of America” was designed and created by the fourth and fifth grade students studying Tessellations and the effects of war on civilizations. Peter DePaola, the gifted education specialist who facilitated the lesson, decided to take an interdisciplinary approach and synthesize geometric shapes, patterns and plane figures of Geometry with World War I, World War II and the Civil War. Instructing from this angle allowed students to extract information about specific periods of the United States history from perspectives that were both intimate and also displayed societal truths.
“Seeing and helping my students preserve and appreciate the cultural diversity and ethnic heritage we all bring to the table is essential to our learning,” said DePaola.
The quilt was received by ALSDE Superintendent Michael Sentence and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Langham. The class also made a second quilt for Governor Bentley that hangs in the Governor’s Mansion.