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Rock art project helps send El Paso Strong message

Tom Lea rock art  Tom Lea rock art

Tom Lea rock art  Tom Lea rock art

Tom Lea rock art  Tom Lea rock art

(TOM LEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -- Oct. 2, 2019) — Art can have healing powers. And thanks to a partnership with a local business, students at Tom Lea Elementary School used their creativity to bring them peace following the attacks on our city.

As part of a Social and Emotional Learning lesson, art teacher Christina Sordini gave a river rock to each student at the school to paint in honor of the 22 victims of the Aug. 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart. 

Using bright colors and El Paso Proud motifs, the students – and staff, too – painted each of the river rocks with messages of love and pride in their community.

The lesson was made possible thanks to the donation of 740 pounds of river rocks from Jobe Materials, a local company that produces landscaping materials.

The artwork was displayed as a sign of support to El Paso at the front of the school.

Story by Gustavo Reveles
Photos by Tom Lea ES