Evergreen Park Community High School Memory Project participants included Tina Hutchinson (front row, from left), Alyssa Gonzalez, Claritza Garcia, Elizabeth Heniff, Allison Johnson, Kara Bologna, Emily Gunty, Shonterrance James, Taylor Hintermeister (back row, from left), Nicole Eliszewski, Keairre Giles, Kasey Nolan, Kennedy Jung, Julia McCauley, JoyAnn Ainley, Danielle Biel and Hayley Vincent. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:03AM
Art students at Evergreen Park Community High School joined the Memory Project, a nationwide initiative in which art students create original portraits for children around the world who have been orphaned, neglected or are disadvantaged.
Because children in such situations often have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with a special memory of their youth, to honor their heritage and identity, and to help them build a positive self-image.
The project also provides an opportunity for young Americans to open their hearts to children who have endured hardships and to promote the value of sharing kindness with others.
Art students in painting and advanced art classes created portraits after they received photos of the children. They then worked in their art classrooms to create individual portraits before delivery by the Memory Project to 18 children in Jamaica.
The Memory Project is a program of the nonprofit My Class Cares, based in Madison, Wis. Since the project began in 2004, more than 30,000 portraits have been produced by art students around the country.
For more information, visit www.memoryproject.org.