"Last year we had some students who suggested it and we went along with helping them and encouraging them to do that," Spoor said. "Jill and I decided it was really a great thing to include in the project."
In return, the students receive letters from the orphans and pictures of them with their portraits.
"One of the most important things for me as a teacher is to somehow try to teach children compassion," Spoor said. "And I thought this project really did that. I love the fact that I can show my students how they can use their own artistic talent to really help others and bring a sense of joy to other people."
The portraits will hang at the Limestone Art and Framing Gallery located on Brooklea Drive.
To provide children with a special memory of their youth, to honor their heritage and identity and to help them build a positive self-image;
Regarding the high school students who make the portraits, this is a way to open their hearts to children who have endured hardships, and to promote the value of sharing kindness with others;
To create a meaningful exchange of artistic expression across international boundaries.