Words of comfort decorate quilt honoring victims


October 12, 2001|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ART AS THERAPY. That's how Mount Airy resident Dayle Duffy-Cavaliere conceived the idea of a comfort quilt to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

Duffy-Cavaliere, an art teacher at Sally K. Ride Elementary School in Germantown, wanted her pupils to be able to express their feelings.

"I made my quilt to represent my love of America. I made the stripes to show we always stick together," wrote one third-grader. "I wrote freedom, love and peace because those are the qualities America will always have."

"Quilts have been used throughout history to express feelings," said Duffy-Cavaliere, whose art has been exhibited internationally.

The quilt is a patchwork of paper squares with messages from pupils. "God Bless the EMT, the police that fought for our country," wrote one third-grader. "They will not be forgotten. God Bless America."

The quilt was on display last weekend at Mount Airy's Festival on the Ridge. Children and adults were invited to add sentiments.

"United we stand. We offer out support and comfort to you," someone wrote.

"We'll meet in heaven. May God and peace be with you always," one message said.

Duffy-Cavaliere and her classes have made several quilts. The Mount Airy quilt will be displayed at Town Hall. Others will be sent to the Pentagon; emergency workers in Fairfax County, Va.; and a New York firehouse.


Five Mount Airy beauty salons are raising money for a scholarship fund for the families of two local men killed in the Pentagon attack.

A cutathon is scheduled for Monday. Miracles on Main Street, Hair Impressions, Carousel Beauty Hut, Heads-up Hair Fashions and Great Clips will participate. Call each shop for hours.

"Everyone felt kind of helpless when the terrorist attacks happened," said Michele Wheeler, who organized the cutathon. "When I heard two Mount Airy people were killed, I felt this was my way of contributing."

Mount Airy has established a scholarship fund for the families of Ronald Vauk and William Ruth. Proceeds from the cutathon will be donated to the fund.

Jaycees' Kids Day

Mount Airy Jaycees is sponsoring a day for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Watkins Park.

A moon bounce, pony rides, games and snacks will be offered free to area children. The local service group is hoping to attract new members.

The group sponsors several local projects such as Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, an annual Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween parade, and the Learn to Read program in area schools.

Kid Stuff yard sale

The annual Kid Stuff yard sale, sponsored by Mount Airy Elementary School PTA, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow.

"The community benefits because they have a way to get rid of their old or outgrown kids' items," said Monica Trexler, PTA member. "And the school and the PTA benefit because the money raised goes toward funding various PTA projects."

Parents are invited to sell or shop for children's clothing and toys. Reserve selling space by calling Kathy Seymour, 301-831-0071.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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