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Groton pre-school students bring Peace Quilt on Beacon Hill


BOSTON — Recently greeted by two dozen excited and energetic Groton Community School preschoolers, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was undeterred — there were plenty of high-fives, hugs, and smiles to go around.

On June 29, Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito welcomed a Peace Quilt from those local children, who inspired the quilt by describing what peace meant to them.

Those ideas — including a new babysister, butterflies and stars, the ocean and reading, and dinner with families — were stitched by Master Quilter Milly Cunningham into a quilt that will now hang in the Massachusetts State House in Boston for six months.

Upon his arrival at the Grand Staircase for the presentation of the quilt, Gov. Baker stooped down to chat with Ms. Cunningham — whose past collaborations with the Aqua Room Class at Groton Community School are permanent displays in the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and at the Fisher House in Boston — before turning his attention to the crowd before him.

Head Teacher Jennie Fitzkee then read Peace to those in attendance, the book written by the children in her classroom that inspired this most recent quilt.

When it was Gov. Baker’s turn at the podium, he noted that the quilt was a good reminder of how children always have peace within them naturally, and that they are taught to hate.

“We should learn peace from the children, the next generation,” Gov. Baker stated.

Gov. Baker then posed with the quilt before inviting the children to sit with him on the grand staircase for pictures — one of which included silly faces, of course.

Groton Community School, a nationally accredited (NAEYC), non-profit early childhood center, is based in Groton, Mass., and has served the needs of children and families in the surrounding communities since 1945.

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