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THE MEMORY PROJECT

The Ugandan students have received our portraits!  Here are some photos.  Read more about the project below.

                                                                                   May 2010

            Art students at Windsor High School have joined the Memory Project, and The Books of Hope Project, a nationwide initiative in which advanced, high school art students create original portraits and original, hand-made books for children living in orphanages around the world (www.thememoryproject.org). 

Given that children who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused, or neglected 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 books are given as a means to educate and embrace literacy worldwide.  These projects also provide an opportunity for young Americans to open their hearts to children who have endured many hardships, and to promote the value of sharing kindness with others.

The Memory Project has been featured on national television several times, most notably when Katie Couric concluded her very first broadcast of the CBS Evening News with a story about the project’s success at an orphanage in Nicaragua.  The project has also been covered by major newspapers and magazines throughout the country, all telling the story of students who have participated. 

            Both projects are programs of the nonprofit organization My Class Cares based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Since these projects began in 2004, more than 20,000 portraits and countless books have been produced by high school art students around the country.           

 




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