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Letter: Some much-needed optimism

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I am writing in response to the article titled, “Wonder at Ware Student ArtWalk attracts 300+ visitors,” published in your March 18 issue.

Although this past year of adapting to the pandemic-lifestyle has been challenging for everyone, I think it has been especially difficult for younger students who were robbed of perhaps the most meaningful aspects of school, such as talent shows and science fairs that allow them to share their skills and receive praise.

Teachers are doing their best to make virtual-learning feel the same, but the truth is, a “great job” comment on a discussion post doesn’t feel nearly as good as seeing your work bring a smile to someone’s face.

The ArtWalk allowed these students to have this kind of feeling again; they got to display their artwork to the community and witness first-hand the positive impact it can have on others, which encourages them to continue creating work they are proud of. It also allowed citizens to come t...

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