2007-04-20 / News

Hammond students participate in The Memory Project

Contributed by Hammond School

Contributed byHammond School

Art teachers and 23 advanced art students at Hammond School participated in the Memory Project. A powerful service learning project promoting international education, kindness, and friendship, the Memory Project involves the creation of portraits of children around the world who have been abandoned or orphaned.

Given that children who have been neglected, abused, or orphaned usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide these children with a special memory of their youth and to help honor their heritage and identity.

Opportunities to create Memory Portraits are only open to students in the very highest level art classes. The project's founder, Ben Schumaker, established the program after meeting a Guatemalan who had grown up in an orphanage and had no photos from his earliest years or parents with whom to share memories of his youth. Memory Portraits created at Hammond will be mailed to children in an orphanage in Egypt. On the back of each painting is a photograph of the artist and a personal letter to the child.

For more information, contact Cissy Pope at 776-0295 (Hammond), or 237-6331 (cell).

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