HAPS, YMS students exhibit at Capitol

HOPE – Art students from Hope Academy of Public Service and Yerger Middle School traveled to Little Rock recently to show that “Kindness Travels.”

The five students, Diego Martinez, Sophia Finagan, Celina Barrientos, Ty’asia Muldrew and Chaddrekia Noble, participated in the traveling “Kindness Travels” exhibit of the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center at the Arkansas Capitol.

“Students wrote a note to show support and encouragement for healthcare workers and senior citizens and also drew a picture to spread some happiness,” Hosea Born, HAPS/YMS art teacher said.

The students were awarded certificates of recognition from the Arkansas Department of Human Services during the unveiling of the exhibit, he said.

“Their work was on display at the State Capitol on March 1 for state legislators and the public to see,” Born said. “The traveling exhibit will be on display at the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council and Hempstead Hall over the next few weeks for the public.”

SWAAC President Lindsey Honea accompanied the group to Little Rock for the ceremony which reflects support for essential workers and senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Every day is an opportunity to check in with those we care about and make sure everyone has the support they need during this pandemic,” Born said.