Building Memories for Children

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Rocky Point High School art students in Greg Armine’s drawing and painting class helped to create lasting keepsakes for children halfway around the world through an initiative called The Memory Project.

Twenty-two students from the class volunteered for the project, which called for them to create a self-portrait of a child from Madagascar based on a submitted photograph. The students each donated $15 toward the project, which was used to cover the supplies for the portrait and its delivery to the recipients.

“This was my first time participating and I felt this was a great opportunity for students to give back to our global community through their love of making art,” said Mr. Armine. “What a wonderful thought that a portrait that you have created has traveled halfway around the world and is now a keepsake for a child who has very little.”

According to their website, The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with art teachers and students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss and extreme poverty. Their intent is to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being and that the portraits will act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future.