Members of the St. Charles High School JROTC presented the quilt blocks for the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the St. Charles High School Gymnasium during an opening ceremony on Monday. The JROTC spread blocks across the gym floor for public viewing this week.
Linda Fenlon, program coordinator at the Charles County Department of Health, told the audience the AIDS quilt is an educational tool to inform about the lives lost to AIDS and the growing problem of HIV. She said there are 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS, which have no cure. “It’s a visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic,” she said.
Several HIV-positive speakers talked about living with HIV and students read letters written by those who created quilt panels in memory of a family member or friend. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a handmade tapestry containing more than 150 panels in memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS. Each panel is testimony to someone who has lost their lives to AIDS and panels come from every state in the nation and from around the globe.
The quilt is available for public viewing at St. Charles High School Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, from 3 to 8 p.m.
The Charles County Department of Health HIV Program, Charles County Public Schools, St. Charles High School and G.S. Proctor Associates are sponsoring the project. For more information, visit http://www.charlescountyhealth.org/.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.