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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/17/2021 01:21 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/17/2021 09:47 PM
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The Value in “I Matter” Project at Local Schools

Angels Camp – A project called “I Matter” at two local schools is helping students feel valued, build a sense of connection with each other and to the community, and highlight individual worth. This first-time project has had a positive impact on students, staff and family members as they view all the faces on display.

The black and white photography used was to equalize and unify all the faces.

Participants were asked to write down why they feel they matter. Pictures were taking with the participant holding their paper displaying their answers. Each picture was then carefully mounted on colored paper and displayed throughout the cafeteria at Mark Twain Elementary.

The project was a major undertaking and was a labor of love. Both schools in the Mark Twain Union Elementary School District participated. At Copperopolis Elementary, those who assisted included Brice Maygren, Samantha Austin, Amy Kilgore and Mark Twain Superintendent Paula Wyant. Samantha and Paula also helped at Mark Twain Elementary along with Tamsen Lenior, Tonya Ziehlke, Christy Miro, Gary Pogue and Dillon Wyant.

Mark Twain Superintendent Paula Wyant expressed, “I think it is important for our students and our community to truly be celebrated for what makes them so special and important. And, by having to write it down and have a picture, I think takes the affirmation to such a concrete level. It was especially important that this project move forward as we entered into our 1st year returning to campuses in a traditional way after having so many bumps in the road since March 2019. This was truly a blessing to me as I haven't been with MTUESD very long and all in the midst of COVID, so seeing all the faces who make up both school communities in such a profound way will stay with me forever!”

“A focus on student mental health is more crucial more now than ever. Projects such as this help remind students that they are important, they matter and each of them as individuals are valued,” said Superintendent of Schools Scott Nanik.


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