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Ten years of Newcomer Story Quilts to be displayed at Stuhr


Grand Island Public Schools Newcomer students have been making story quilts for a decade as part of the “Quilted Conscience” project. The 10 Newcomer Story Quilts will be on display at Stuhr Museum September 10-22 to celebrate the 10 years.

Quilts on displayThere will be a reception on Sunday, September 22, 2-4 p.m. at Stuhr. Attendees will be able to ask questions about the quilts and the stories.

The Quilted Conscience quilts are put together with quilt blocks made by the Newcomer students. The students make a quilt block depicting a memory from their homeland. The quilts celebrate diversity in the district and the community.

The GIPS Newcomer Program is for students who are new to the country and helps them acclimate and transition to traditional classrooms. Students come to the Newcomer classrooms, housed at West Lawn Elementary, until they are ready to move into classrooms at their neighborhood school.

Tracy Morrow, fourth and fifth grade Newcomer teacher, said she is excited to invite students, staff, parents and the community to help celebrate 10 years of story quilts.

Students in the program come from countries all over the world. Many are learning not only our language, but our traditions and social norms. Often, these students are from areas where public education is quite different from GIPS.

“We all have a story to tell,” Morrow said. “Through the quilts, fourth and fifth grade Newcomers can share their stories from their homeland in a different way. The project also helps celebrate the beautiful diversity we have in GIPS.”

The Quilted Conscience project derived from John Sorensen’s work on the Abbott sisters, Grace and Edith. The sisters had a passion for helping immigrants. Grace and Edith were both social workers who worked to improve immigrants’ rights and child welfare.

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