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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
NEW YORK: Students' AIDS Panel Knits Science, Art Lessons
Staff Writer
January 22, 2014
Poughkeepsie Journal (01.21.2014) Aids Weekly Plus

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that 12 Duchess Day School Science students created AIDS Memorial Quilt panels in conjunction with an extensive microbiology unit on viruses and infectious diseases. Science teacher Dianne Duffus described the HIV/AIDS mini-unit as an opportunity to teach students the scope of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and how the virus affected the immune system, which ordinarily protected people from disease. Duchess Day School teacher Alison Roland led the quilt panel design and creation phase. Roland noted that the experience was “reminiscent of traditional quilting bees,” where participants shared hopes, fears, and lessons. Because HIV/AIDS could infect anyone, portraits in the Duchess Day School panels represented all genders, races, and ages. Duchess Day students created similar AIDS Memorial Quilt panels in 2008. Roland and a class representative presented the 2013 quilt panels to the public and to the Names Project at World AIDS Day in Albany, NY, in December 2013. The Duchess Day School panels would begin traveling with other sections of the quilt to national annual events.