A dozen Hamburg Area High School art students created portraits for children in Colombia for The Memory Project. The portraits were recently delivered to the children.

“The purpose of the project is to use our talents to make human connections as well as to increase spreading kindness across the globe,” said Hamburg art teacher Rebecca Dommel.

Hamburg art students have been participating in The Memory Project for the past four years, creating portraits for children in Ethiopia, Syria, the Phillipines and Colombia.

“I hope for students to choose to use their talents gifts and to gain perspective in life,” said Dommel.

The project is open to art students in grades 9-12 and is voluntary. This year a group of 12 students participated in the project.

Portraits were created by Hamburg students Abby McCullough, Dylan Boltz, Grant Doklan, Madison Furry, Calysta Hinkle, Gabby McCullough, Natalie Oxenreider, Rebeka Prestridge, Kaley Schlenker, Jocelyn Soto, Morgan Weinhold and Kylie White.

“It is a very unique opportunity for students to develop artistic skills and connect with others in the world,” said Dommel. “I am grateful to be able to provide students with this opportunity in my classroom.”


Lisa Mitchell is an editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers, covering news and events in the Northeast Berks County area.

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