Fifth Graders at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary Make Portraits to Spread Joy
Fifth-grade students at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School in Centennial are trying to spread some joy to fellow children in Puerto Rico.
According to the Cherry Creek School District, 14 fifth-graders at Red Hawk Ridge are participating in something called the Memory Project, an initiative that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to young people around the world who have faced substantial challenges.
In this case, the fifth-graders, being led by art teacher Amy Marsh, are drawing portraits of children in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017, the district said.
For the young Centennial artists, the process reportedly offers an important degree of perspective and introduces them to students facing a host of challenges. And for the recipients, the effect is inspirational – the children see their own faces in a creative and artistic light.
Marsh reportedly led a similar project last year, and received a video of students in the Congo receiving last year’s portraits.
“These students feel like they know that child after looking into their eyes for months,” Marsh said in the release.
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This local update courtesy of your Centennial Community Expert.