SEBRING — The unveiling of a Photomosaic showing an outpouring of community support for her battled against brain cancer brought a big smile to Avon Park Middle School student Jade Jackson.
In the moments prior to the unveiling at Tuesday’s school board meeting, artist Anne Watson explained her thoughts in designing the image.
Enthusiasm grew during the project with inspiring stories from teachers and participants who shared their prayers and good wishes for Jade and her family, Watson said.
“It had to be hands,” she said of the image. “Hands representing the hearts of our community, joined together, lighting up and growing as a metamorphosis takes place. A small butterfly emerges, dries its wings of delicate lace and transforms into a creature of beauty and grace.”
The image is named: “Transformation - Giving Transforms the Giver.”
Technology resource teacher Kim Douberley said the idea for the Highlands Photomosaic project with student self-portraits was presented to the school board in October.
Retired teacher Betty Anne Lee noted that 20 schools, public and private, along with members of the community submitted more than 6,000 portraits that were scanned and used to create the digital Photomosaic.
Watson contacted the inventor of the Photomosaic process, Robert Silvers, who agreed to create the unique image for Jade and her family.
Each student self-portrait was accompanied by a $1 donation.
The project raised $7,331.74 for the Jade Jackson Cancer Fund.
After the school board meeting School Board Member Jan Shoop thanked Douberley, who was present at the end of the meeting.
“It turned into being better than anything we ever imagined that it could be,” Douberley said.
While scanning all the portraits, it was exciting to see the student art work, she said. “It was just phenomenal.”
Teachers reported that students were bringing in more than just the $1 to participate in the project because they wanted to help, Douberley said.
One little girl donated $20 dollars from her lemonade stand, she said. Word got out in her church, which prompted more donations.
“So there were so many stories that made it really special,” Douberley said.
Purchases related to the Highlands Photomosaic will be offered in the near future and the funds from those sales will continue to be donated to the Jade Jackson Cancer Fund, at the request of Silver, according to the project’s organizers.
For more information contact Watson at 863-449-0822 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.