William Stich-Smith, a MBHS Senior, visited the District Office to show Superintendent Mary Sewright one of his COVID-19 Pandemic Quilts, quilts he created "because the 2020 Pandemic will be known throughout history and I wanted to make something to commemorate the impact on the world it has and will have." During the summer of 2020, Will went on a 40 state tour with his COVID-19 Pandemic Quilt, and hopes "to take this quilt to every country that has been affected [by the pandemic] and have it stamped by the country" and "would like to have impacted population written on the quilt for each country to serve as a marker on the vast impact this virus has had on the world." After graduation in 2021, Will plans to visit more states, and possibly Canada.
During his Summer 2020 Tour, one of Will's quilts was dedicated at the CDC and will hang in the Emergency Operation room at the CDC in Atlanta. Will was presented with Challenge Coins, which are extremely hard to receive, one of which was from the lead doctor (she is the one that testifies at Congress, etc.). This is truly an honor!
You can read more about Will’s mission and plans, as well as view photos of the quilts, at www.pandemicquilt.com.
Source: Stitch-Smith, William. "My Mission/A Shared Vision." Pandemic Quilt Travels the World, 2020, www.pandemicquilt.com.