T.A. Dugger students’ quilt contest featured on national podcast

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Area youth have taken a unique step in sharing stories of overcoming struggles, and now it’s reached a national audience. 

T.A. Dugger Junior High students worked through the school year to design barn quilts to highlight overcoming obstacles in life. The contest’s 12 finalists will read their projects Saturday at a ceremony in downtown Elizabethton at Blue River Studio at 5 p.m.  

The contest was promoted on the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine’s podcast for the country to hear. To listen, click here.

“I think it’s important to offer this project to all grade levels because everyone has a voice,” said project author and eighth grade math teacher Sarah Morris.  

The project is part of a Bartleby-inspired enrichment course at T.A. Dugger. Bartleby allows students to participate in project-based and inquiry-driven courses. More than 50 students are enrolled in the program.  

The idea for the “East Tennessee Tuff Tales” contest comes from the Laurie Aaron Hird’s book “Farmer’s Wife” – a quilt block book that tells stories of perseverance from women in the Great Depression and how they made quilts to express their stories.  

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