Teacher made the Blues 'sew' interesting
by Shaunna Watson
Dec 30, 2012 | 2830 views | 0 0 comments | 269 269 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winner of the quilt drawing, Mckaylen Clem, with her teacher Memrie Melton.
Winner of the quilt drawing, Mckaylen Clem, with her teacher Memrie Melton.
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Last year's fourth graders at Parks Elementary School participated in an array of real-world experiences while studying Mississippi history.

"We focused on the Blues," said teacher Memrie Melton. "Each student had to choose a Blues person or site to study. A research paper was required with a minimum of 3 sources. Following the research paper the students were asked to create their own Blues songs. The students performed their songs in the classroom."

Students then brought in t-shirts from the Blues area to be used as quilt squares.

"Many businesses donated shirts including Clarksdale, Leland, and BB King Museum in Indianola, Locals, and Mr. Seaberry of Po'monkey's," said Melton.

The students who could, volunteered time after school to measure, cut, back, and sew their t-shirt quilt top together.

"They did a wonderful job. I was so impressed with their efforts." Melton continued, "I quilted their quilt top for them and it tells a wonderful story about the Blues in Mississippi."

The students completed their study of the Blues with a fieldtrip to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola led by Lee Alyward of Delta State University.

"The t-shirt quilt was graciously and secretly and beautifully displayed in the gift shop at the museum. The students and I were so proud," said Melton. "The quilt hung in the museum all summer."

A raffle was held among the students in Melton's classes.

Mckaylen Clem was the fourth grade student who claimed the quilt by the luck of the draw.