On Tuesday, Cato-Meridian High School art teacher Shayna Burghdorf witnessed something she had never heard before: her sixth-period class reduced largely to silence.
Burghdorf said that apart from some subtle sniffles, no sounds came from her 12 students. A video on painted portraits the students made of Syrian refugees was the culprit.
Months earlier, the students participated in The Memory Project, a nonprofit that works with art teachers and students to create and gift portraits of young people who have dealt with challenges such as "violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect and loss of parents," according to the organization's website. The students at Cato-Meridian created portraits of children from Syria who are in refugee camps, Burghdorf said. She said the video was from The Memory Project.