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SLIDESHOW: Louisville students' art project carries message of peace

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- How do you prevent another violent attack such as last month's shootings in Newtown, Connecticut?

A group of local elementary students just might have the answer, and it starts with an art project.

Weeks ago, 60 Hartstern Elementary students were asked to each draw a picture illustrating what "peace" means to them.

"Kids were drawing pictures illustrating ocean scenes, their home, mountains, playing outside," says teacher, Debbie Lockyear.

From there, local artist, Alice Stone-Collins, got involved.  She took each student drawing, picked an element from each and then created a sketch combining the ideas the students had come up with.

Kathryn Mendez says, "I drew flowers because to me they represent peace because they're beautiful."

There's something about a child and the innocence and the good idealistic ideas when it comes to peace like a tire swing or a light house," says the artist.

Students had started working on the project long before the Sandy Hook shooting last month but their teacher says the recent event has given their mission of promoting peace more meaning.

"The goal in mind was to really help the children learn and understand how to have respect and kindness and love for all different groups of children," says Lockyear.

Students will next put their persuasive writing skills to the test hoping to convince locations like the KFC YUM Center, the downtown Library and Ali Center to put their mural on display.

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