A quilt assembled by incoming St. Bonaventure freshmen to honor veterans was displayed for the first time at the reception after the Veterans Day ceremony in the Reilly Center Hall of Fame.
Freshmen were assigned a service project at random with a group of 10 to 12 other students. There were two veteran service projects for the incoming freshmen. One group wrote letters to veterans, and the second group made two quilts.
One quilt was sent to Walter Reed Army Hospital, and the second quilt has notes from the freshmen expressing their gratitude to the veterans.
“The quilt project was an extension from last year’s Welcome Days where Rick Trietley led a reflection with students who discovered their connection with the military,” said Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University.
“Many students had relatives who served in the military or knew students from high school who entered the military, so students had a personal connection with this project. There is sensitivity to veterans since there are a number of them who are enrolled at the university.”
The two women responsible for sewing the quilt — Carol Higley, who works in the university’s Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership, and Mary Lou — came from Pennsylvania to assist with the project. They’re quilters, and contributed their talents to assist freshmen with the Day of Service project, said Sr. Suzanne.
Among the freshmen responsible for creating the quilt, David Bryant, a journalism and mass communication major, expressed gratitude to the university for hosting the Day of Service.
“It feels wonderful to be a part of a community where all students have an opportunity to volunteer,” Bryant said. “I’m thankful that St. Bonaventure incorporated service projects for incoming students because it allows us to become a part of the university.
“Although the project was a few hours, it felt incredible to know that my first days as a college freshman were spent giving back to a group of people who fought for my freedom.”
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