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A volunteer’s hands guide a 5-year-old girl to leave the imprint of her palm in a Ripon Christian School kindergarten class.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED February 10, 2013 11:58 p.m.

The little hands of kindergartners made special imprints on quilt squares Thursday afternoon in Kim Zuidervaart’s class, all for a “Quilt of Honor” for U.S. troops.

It was a weeklong focus of spiritual values for Ripon Christian Elementary School students, according to Principal Mary Ann Sybesma. The quilt squares were later assembled into a patriotic quilt. Sybesma said the quilt is a show of thanks for those that have served and are serving in the Armed Forces.

Third graders also wrote letters to missionaries, local and overseas.

On Friday other kindergarteners, first and second grade students continued the art of having their hands painted red, white and blue and pressing their palms into the white quilt squares, signing their names on the bottom of their art work.

The second graders colored patriotic symbols on the squares with the use of Crayons. The imprints and colorings were permanently set with the use of a hand iron. In each class Heidi Baker helped students in decorating their quilt squares along with a couple volunteer moms.

The front lobby of the school, meanwhile, was filled with donations from families to be sent to the soldiers stationed overseas. The fifth grade class of Mrs. Ruth Van Eyk and Mrs. Sara Chapman packed the boxes for mailing in the Almond Valley Church Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday the elementary school classes had two inspirational speakers including former U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ aviator Kevin Lacasse and Pastor Don Rowe talked about the local and international missionaries and their service to God.

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