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#OtherPeopleMatter: Clinton students spreading 'positivity' with portraits for seniors

Other people matter is the message Clinton High School art students are embracing, as they bring special presents to an independent living facility.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 5:41 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Other people matter is the message Clinton High School art students are embracing, as they bring special presents to an independent living facility.

“Their idea was to come in and photograph 10 of our residents. They took those photographs back, they were given to ten students and 10 students did portraits of them,” said Preswick Glen Activities Director Sari Wightman.

Clinton art students, one-by-one, entered Preswick Glen, in New Hartford – to meet the people beyond the photos they've been studying for a week and-a-half.

“I was excited to work with them. I thought it would be a good opportunity to show my skills and also make a really nice gift for the holiday season,” said student Kim Blum.

Paint, pastels, and pencils – the teens were creative and spot on.

“It's a really cool intergenerational thing, plus showcases not only the students but our residents and how vibrant they are. Beauty is ageless,” said Wightman.

#Otherpeoplematter is the motto of the non-profit "the positivity project,” and the message includes:

  1. identify the good in someone
  2. understand your words matter
  3. support them when they struggle
  4. cheer for their successes
  5. be present for them

“We're trying to teach the students, they have 24 characteristics ranging from bravery to curiosity and gratitude, and they all have these characteristics,” said Clinton High School art teacher Mindy Pavone.

In the end, it's hard to tell who got the bigger gift out of this project.

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