On April 24, the students and staff at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, Montoursville, created a "Kindness Quilt" as a way to thank the students and staff at Central Elementary School, South Williamsport, and Girls on the Run for their support after the flooding last fall.
According to Alice Weiler, elementary counselor at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, the students and staff at Loyalsock Valley created and assembled the quilt in February as one of their activities during a week of celebrating "Random Acts of Kindness."
"The idea originated from a discussion with the 'Hoppy Hopefuls' - a support group made up of students and a staff member hardest hit by the flood - as to how best to thank Central Elementary," Weiler said. "The quilt has been hanging in the hallway at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School since February waiting for the day it would be delivered to its new home among the students and staff at Central Elementary School. The quilt is a symbol that represents the unity that has been formed between two schools to help us heal after a time of great devastation, hardship and loss."
The quilt includes signatures, hands and hearts. Weiler said Mrs. Loy, a learning support aide at Loyalsock Valley, who lost her home in the flood, was instrumental in helping her create and assemble the quilt.