The advanced art classes at Bernardo Yorba Middle School and Yorba Linda Middle School recently used their creative talents to draw heartfelt portraits for children in Nigeria through the non-profit organization: MemoryProject.org. A total of 48 portraits were created by the students and will be physically delivered to the Nigerian children by The Memory Project. Copies of the portraits will also be on display at both middle schools and as a part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Schoool District Art show on May 4 from 6-8 p.m.
Of the project, Founder Ben Schumaker shared the following: “The Memory Project gets its name from its first intention, which was to provide handmade, heartfelt portraits as special memories to children in orphanages. Now our intention has expanded to touching the lives of youth around the world facing many types of challenges, while opening our hearts and minds so they can touch our lives in return. Together we are using art to reach a distant destination: a kinder world in which all youth see themselves in one another regardless of differences in their appearance, culture, religion, or the circumstances of their lives. “
“We congratulate these young artists for spreading kindness across the globe with their beautiful works of art. Way to go Bobcats & Matadors!” said Yorba Linda Middle School Principal Greg Kemp.