Art students at John Burroughs High School will again create paintings to be hand-delivered to orphans in Rwanda, Haiti, El Salvador, Vietnam, Ghana and Bolivia.
Last year, Dena Williams’ class created 20 acrylics of children living in a Sierra Leone orphanage.
Sixteen-year-old Michah Workman painted the portrait of a young girl.
“I felt blessed that I was going to be able to make a little girl happy,” Michah said.
“The Memory Project,” an organization based in Wisconsin, delivered each painting.
The Memory Project team documented the children receiving the paintings, and in celebration of the portraits, the children performed a song for Williams’ art class that was recorded on video and posted online.
When Williams’ students began the project, they were each given a single photograph of a child.
“They weren’t smiling, so we had to make them smile,” Michah said.
This year, Williams is working with Burroughs’ librarian and artist Julie Grene, along with fellow visual arts teacher Lauren Masters. And any student on campus is welcome to participate, regardless of their art experience.