Saints Art Teacher Stephanie Robertson and Studio Art II students Sophie Stine & Chandler Cormier appeared on the Fox29 Morning Show Monday, Dec. 17, to discuss their work on the Memory Project.  Click here to view the segment.

The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art students to cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as violence, war, extreme poverty or neglect. This year instead of painting child refugees in Syria, Saints students received 32 photos of 3-5 year-old children who live in urban slum areas of Colombia and attend feeding centers for meals. Most don’t have a single photo of their childhood, so the portraits they created will be invaluable gifts that provide lifelong memories.

Mrs. Robertson has worked with more than 50 students on the Memory Project so far, helping build feelings of international friendship and solidarity.

“This year we learned a lot about how the drug trade directly influences these kids,” Robertson said. “They are targeted, and that’s why they are in the slums because they’re hiding for anonymity.  A lot of them don’t even have last names because their parents are still afraid.  So (the Memory Project) makes them feel like people around the world care, and our kids love to do service projects like this.”

“Once we saw the kids, we started to learn more about where they come from and the struggles they face, and it’s really sad,” Stine said. “It just make you really count your blessings.”