MTHS art students create memories for Nicaraguan children

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Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Art students at Middle Township High School plan to give children in Nicaragua a hand-painted portrait of themselves.

“A lot of kids in Nicaragua don’t even have a picture of themselves,” said Karen Biederman, art teacher at Middle Township High School. “They live in such extreme poverty, they don’t have anything.”

Biederman said that late last year she was looking for art meaningful art projects for her students that would have an impact.

“Art is enjoyable,” Biederman said. “But I was also looking for ways to help people.”

That’s when the art teacher found The Memory Project.

The Memory Project is a charitable organization that involves art students nationwide to create portraits for young people around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged, Biederman said.

Many of the children receiving portraits live group homes, though they may not be orphans. While some of the children have lost one or both parents, many are there for reasons of abuse, neglect, or because their parents can’t feed and care for them.

Karen Biederman, left, and Hannah DeMarco show off one of the paintings that will be sent to a child in Nicaragua. Karen Biederman, left, and Hannah DeMarco show off one of the paintings that will be sent to a child in Nicaragua. “The kids were really excited to work on this project,” Biederman said. “It was a way for them to give something to children who needed it.”

The art teacher assigned the portraits as part of the student’s mid-term project in her class. In January, Biederman handed out of photos of Nicaraguan children she received from The Memory Project. The students finished the portraits by February and plan to hold a fundraiser later this year to send the finished projects to the children.

It will cost $15 per portrait to get the paintings to the kids.

“I think it’s cool to help out kids who couldn’t have pictures of themselves,” said Cortney Laing. “I’d like to see their faces when they see the paintings.”

Erin Ruskey said the project was a different kind of assignment than others she’s received.

“This is art that helps people,” Freeman said. “It’s a good thing for the kids.”

Other students at the high school who participated in The Memory Project include: Madalyn Anagnou, Sara Bright, Adriano Colombo, John Denis, Emily Freeman, Taylor Ivens, Christopher Karimalis, Cortney Laing, Ausitn Mcclure, Erin Ruskey, Hanna Demarco, Grail Fangayen, Rose Frye, Rachel Geisinger and Brianah Whitlow.

Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children.


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