Every year, my students make a quilt. This year the third and fourth graders read the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. The theme of this wonderful story is based on a 3rd grader, name Cassie Louise Lightfoot, whose family is not allowed to go places or own certain things because of segregation. Cassie is telling her little brother that if they want to go somewhere or own something all the have to do is fly over it. This story shows students some of the struggles for African- Americans to provide for their family during the Civil Rights Movement.
Each student received a quilt square and were asked to draw themselves flying over something they would want to own. We used fabric markers to draw the image on the quilt square. It turned out beautifully and hangs in the Arizona Capitol Building for Black History Month.