Eighth graders show off their paintings, Mon, Mar 31, inside Mary Jones’ art class at Holland Woods Middle School. Students painted the portraits of Mexican orphans and plan to send them back to the children as a keepsake. / ANDREW JOWETT/TIMES HERALD
Eighth-grade art students at Holland Woods Middle School finished creating portraits of Mexican orphans through the Memory Project, which provides photos of the children to the classes and delivers the portraits to the orphans so they can have a personal keepsake.
This is the first year the students at Holland Woods have participated in the Memory Project, which was founded in 2004. Since then, more than 50,000 portraits for children in 34 countries have been created, according to the organization’s .
The organization delivers the portraits to the children and takes a photo of them with the portrait to send back to the classes. Participating classes also get a video of the delivery so students can see the children’s reactions to getting the portraits.
In addition to the time and art supplies it takes to create the portraits, participating classes need to send $15 with each portrait to cover delivery costs. A portion of the participation is donated to the facility housing the children, according to Memory Project’s website. The amount of the donation varies, but it typically is about $1,000. Mary Jones, Holland Woods art teacher, set up an online fund-raising campaign for the class to raise the money. As of Monday, the class exceeded its $345 goal and raised $430.