Lieutenant Aaron Harless' photo has a place of honor in Paula Hill's classroom at Chandler Elementary School.
While the 24-year-old St. Albans resident is stationed in Baghdad, Hill's students are sending him letters -- and they're making him a quilt as well.
Hill says her students have embraced the project, which she's using as an educational tool.
For instance, cutting fabric into triangles and other shapes have helped teach the kids about fractions. And the kids learned to measure in inches -- and centimeters.
The project also came in handy while Hill was teaching about the
Underground Railroad and how quilting patterns were used to send
coded messages to escaping slaves.
When the quilt is finished, the class plans to package it and send it to Harless along with poems and other messages as a