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Ooltewah art students create portraits with a purpose

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Ooltewah High art students are hard at work on a most meaningful project. Ben Schumaker created the Memory Project, and travels to countries with poor and neglected orphans and gives them an opportunity of a lifetime: their portrait to be created by a young artists from the United States.  Art teacher Carrie Cook said, "Most people in these places don't have many cherished items. This project has been very emotional and touching to my students as they gave to somebody across the world something they put their heart into and created.  It's a great memory for both sets of students."

 Cook picked Haiti for her students. She sponsors children from Port au Prince and Convey- Haiti through World Vision, so she calls it a personal

"My students worked on their portraits for approximately 2 weeks in class. Then a few weeks ago we got back the photos and video from Ben's trip." Students say seeing the reaction was quite rewarding.  You can see the entire video at


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