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CHS Student Artists Produce Portraits for Memory Project

For seven years now, CHS art teacher, Mrs. Connie Berger, has been making beautiful memories possible by incorporating the Memory Project into her curriculum. The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. The portraits help those children who receive them feel valued and important. Focusing primarily on orphans, the Memory Project strives to bring meaningful pieces of personal history to young children who have very little due to their geographic circumstances.

Connected to the Memory Project since 2009, Mrs. Berger has sent her one of a kind, student created portraits to Afghanistan, Rwanda, Nicaragua, India, Nepal, and Madagascar. This year's project is especially poignant as it allows Cheltenham High School student artists to connect with children in Syria. Having received a photograph of select Syrian children, our students create a portrait that incorporates biographical information, such as the child's favorite color. Once each portrait is complete, the original works are sent to the home country and matched up with recipients. Memory Project representatives chronicle the moment when the receiving children open their portraits and share the photos/videos with the students artists who made the memory possible. It goes without saying that very special memories are made on each side of the project.