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Cleveland High art students create hearts for Hospice of Chattanooga

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) - For many young people, hospice care is something they may not have to deal with for a long time.  But at Cleveland High School, art students are taking a personal interest in helping terminally ill patients and their families. They're doing it with their hearts.

It's painstaking work. Each tiny heart takes hours, even days from start to finish.  But Laura Gheesling's art students don't mind a bit.  They're creating meaningful memories from clay.

Each heart has a unique story, reflecting the interest of that family.

The students aren't doing this to make good grades.  They've seen first hand how something as small as a ceramic heart can touch the lives of those who are dealing with grief and loss.

Senior art student Rebecca Bianucci said, "I feel like it's what every art student wants, to have their artwork touch someone else."

This isn't the first time that students have stepped in to help hospice patients and their families.  But it's one of the most meaningful gestures.  

The students may never know if their creations are worn, displayed, or stored as keepsakes.  But they can be sure these hearts will be held close, as forever reminders of loved ones, near and far.

Hospice of Chattanooga's Susan Latta said, "A lot of times women will carry them in their pocketbook, or attach them to photos.  They do a variety of different things."

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