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September 27, 2013

Touching the heart

Local students' works of art take a stand on bullying


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “We were both teaching about the same thing and introducing it the same way,” Tomasello said in a May interview with the Union-Sun & Journal.

Tomasello said it was decided a collaborative art show would be held, as the show would be a way for students to share their stories and thoughts on bullying.

The work has affected students and teachers alike. Alvarez said Monday she shared with her class her fear of her son being bullied when he starts school in a couple of years.

One of Alvarez’s students came up to her and shared how she was picked on at the young age and has continued to be bullied. Alvarez and the student talked, afterwards the student used her experiences in creating one of the paper mache hearts Starpoint Middle School students made for the Healing Hearts show. The hearts vary in size and appearance, but almost all of the hearts are black.

There are some items that appear on or next to the hearts, such as Band-aids or tape measures. Words are seen with the hearts, like “hopeless,” “different” or “hurt.” But there’s also “hope,” “beautiful” and “love.”

Alvarez said that student has gotten past the pain and walks with her head up.

”I was very touched and proud of her for having the courage to face this,” Alvarez said. “To really put herself out there like that told me that she felt safe and confident in moving on and facing her fears and her hurt.”

Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope • Closing reception: 2 until 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo • Pieces will be on display until Monday

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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