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Students commemorate flood through art

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Behind every decision...every brush stroke...there's a lot of thought.

"It makes you feel special," Fourth-grader Jeremy Upshaw said.

25 fourth-graders at Johnson School of the Arts are working together on one painting.

"There was a whole bunch of people so they all talked at the same time," fourth-grader Yasin Yarnado said.

"I got squished and smooshed," fellow classmate Mashyla Smith said.

It's a project that came about with the help of an Eastern Iowa organization known as "The Arts Farm."

In all, 13 elementary schools across Cedar Rapids are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the flood...through art.

"I think it was fun and sad at the same time," Smith said.

"It can help the people remember what happened," Upshaw said.

"I was proud and the sad thing about the flood was that my aunt's house got torn down," fourth-grader Dylan Perez said.

"I think that the important part of it is how many kids came to understand that this flood is really a lesson in compassion and working together," art teacher Barb McCuskey said.

Just a few students work at a time. But each student's memory of the flood comes together on a 4 x 5 foot canvas. They will soon to be on display for the community to see.

"A lot of people will see the painting that we made, so it's going to make me feel really proud," fourth-grader Alejandro Parra said.

The paintings will eventually put up in various places throughout downtown to be on display this weekend.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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