Students at St. Thomas More send love through art to Syrian refugees

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 8:51 PM MDT
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A picture is worth a thousand words and for kids in a war torn country... a portrait can mean so much more

Zachary Basham, senior at St. Thomas More says, "Art is like a universal language. People used pictures to talk long before words."

Communicating across the world can be difficult but for students at St. Thomas More ... they simply did what they do best.

Basham says, "I was very excited I thought it would very fun because there is this whole other side of the world and sometimes you don't think about it but to make an art project and send it there was really fun."

Through a foundation called the Memory Box Program ... the art students crafted a portrait from a picture to send back to children at Syrian refugee camps.

Shellie Farwall, art teacher at St. Thomas More says, "We've been looking for a way to do a service project with my art club and my upper level art classes and this just seemed to be one of the best projects I've run across and i thought a way for our students to use their talents and hopefully from what i could tell make a difference."

Stone Durham, senior at St. Thomas More says, "We had some information about the kids like their favorite color and some stuff about them so I was just trying to sketch out an idea."

And means for those creating the art as well as those receiving it.

Amelya Robinson, junior at St. Thomas More says, "Its super incredible knowing that one little thing can make their day or their month or even more because it's all in the details and I can't find words but it is just a very warm feeling."

Memory Box Program organizer says, " What you have done for these children is very special for these children there are a lot of financial donations that come for the facility and everything else and they are very important but that lack the special touch that you have provided with this project."

Worlds away these students are communicating through a joint passion for art and compassion.

Robinson says, " It was really interesting how we are going to connect not only with our school system when we put our art out into the hallway but with another country halfway across the world."