Community action can take many forms -- and this time it was truly a work of art!
Students from Rye Middle School, under the guidance of their art teacher Kim Tamalonis, used the Fall 2015 semester to develop a campaign to support Syrian refugees. What started out as an art supply drive for Studio Syria, an organization based in Seattle, turned into a multi-faceted program to develop unique pieces of art that raise awareness to conflict in the world. An art show was put on at the Rye Arts Center in November, with the proceeds from the sale of the original artwork and notecards featuring renderings of the students' work raising $2,000 for Blossom Hill's work with Syrian youth in Turkey. The students' efforts were even featured on Fios 1 News!
It is synergies like these that make social change happen and create lasting impact on not only youth here in the United States, but the results will have a tangible impact on the Syrian youth in need. Thank you to the Rye community for reminding us all that no idea is too small and no effort too insignificant when it can in fact inspire and blossom into real change.
Wishing you a holiday season filled with warmth and love.
With deep gratitude,
The Blossom Hill Team