2013-01-23 / Schools

Students create historical quilt

By Stephanie Bertholdo


NICE WORK—Agoura Hills Mayor Denis Weber inspects the quilt make by Sharon Fliegelman’s fourthgrade class at Mariposa Elementary School on Jan. 18. The class gave Weber the quilt as a thank you gift. The kids were inspired by a visit to the Reyes Adobe last year when they were in the third grade. 
RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers NICE WORK—Agoura Hills Mayor Denis Weber inspects the quilt make by Sharon Fliegelman’s fourthgrade class at Mariposa Elementary School on Jan. 18. The class gave Weber the quilt as a thank you gift. The kids were inspired by a visit to the Reyes Adobe last year when they were in the third grade. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers California history came alive for students at Mariposa School of Global Learning in Agoura Hills when fifth-grade students created a quilt that documents the history of the city.

The students and teacher Sharon Fliegelman presented the quilt to Agoura Hills Mayor Denis Weber at an assembly on Jan. 18. The quilt will be hung at the historic Reyes Adobe rancho that was built in the 1850s.

More than 300 students and a variety of Las Virgenes Unified School District personnel, including Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, and many city officials attended the assembly.

Fliegelman said her students used copies of vintage photographs of Agoura to create the quilt. The photos were scanned into the computer, printed on transfer paper and ironed onto the cloth. Children embellished the quilt with embroidery, crochet and other handwork, skills they had learned in third grade.

The academic program at Mariposa is all about hands-on projects that make learning fun and meaningful, Fliegelman said.

The project spanned all disciplines, including history, art language arts and geography. Fliegelman said she has the same students in fifth grade that she had in fourth, which has given her the time to explore many subjects in depth. This year they took a field trip to the rancho and also the Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park.

The students wrote essays about “olden times,” Fliegelman said.

She said the children enjoyed creating the quilt and wanted to share their work with the community.

Mayor Denis Weber said he enjoyed the ceremony at the school.

“It was a very genuine and uplifting time,” he said.

In addition to accepting the gift of the quilt, Weber and other city officials toured the student garden, which includes a composting area and classrooms.

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