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Teacher uses art to help students cope with mass shooting

Posted: 10:14 PM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-07 00:00:52-04
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BRYAN, TX — In the wake of multiple tragedies, parents, guardians and even teachers are often forced to talk about violence with children.

A Central Texas teacher has found a way to do just that - talk about something no one wants to have to talk about.

After the August mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, right before the start of school, art teacher Ariel Kellogg at Jane Long Intermediate School came up with an idea.

"We're drawing flowers, marigolds. We're going to send them to El Paso, but directly to El Paso ISD," explained 5th grader Valerie Miller.

The marigolds for El Paso Project gives her students the chance to create images of the flower as a symbol to honor El Paso ISD students and their families.

"I hope that when all the artwork is there that El Paso ISD and the City El Paso understands, and they feel the love and the appreciation," said Kellogg.

Next Tuesday, Jane Long Intermediate School will host an event where students can bring their families to school for an evening full of art. During the event, students will create artwork with their loved ones and also write letters for El Paso ISD students.

Kellogg will send the letters and marigold art pieces to El Paso ISD within the next couple of weeks.