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Portland Students Make Art in Wake of Newton

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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KGW Channel 8

There are few if any whom the tragedy in Newton, Connecticut did not reach, and middle school students in Portland, Oregon are no exception. Coming together in an effort to heal the incurable wounds inflicted that day, they have set about creating an outlet in art for their pent up emotions and as a means of reaching out in solidarity with their fellow students.

Middle school students in Tigard-Tualatin are using paint to take on the pain left by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

They’re creating a huge wall hanging which will go on display in the community.

“Art can heal because it can soothe,” said Tamara Hufford-Wong a parent who went to the principal with the idea.

The students at Twality Middle School voted on the theme of fish and flowers. Each is painting a 12X12 inch fabric square.

“I’m painting a flower because it stands for peace and they make me smile when I see them,” explained student Heidi Husband.


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