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AIS Grade 5 Student Artwork Salutes Military Travelers at Airport Military Gateway
Posted 01/09/2012 03:18PM


Atlanta International School Student Artwork Salutes Military Travelers at

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Military Gateway


Atlanta International School (AIS) grade five students and officials from the U.S. military, USO, Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Rotary Club of Atlanta will gather on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. at a ceremony celebrating the students’ participation in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Military Gateway Youth Art Project.

The program was begun in the fall of 2010 to welcome, thank and offer encouragement to the returning and departing men and women of the US military at the world’s busiest airport. It is a collaboration of the Department of Aviation, FORSCOM, Rotary Club of Atlanta and Valerie Hartman-Levy. AIS is the third school invited to exhibit work at the airport.

After the ceremony, the AIS student artists will tour the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Art Program’s three Youth Art Galleries located throughout the airport’s concourses.

"Over a year ago, an idea was born to transform Hartsfield-Jackson's U.S. military check-in area into a colorful, warm space filled with artwork of young students from schools all over metro Atlanta. I am so pleased to see this project now blossoming with its third student art installation, thanks to the generosity and dedication of those involved in this project,” said Valerie Hartman-Levy, creator of the project and AIS parent. “I am thrilled and grateful that the AIS agreed to be a part of this program and am delighted and impressed with the beautiful and meaningful artwork that the AIS students have created for this exhibition. It continues to be my hope that each soldier who passes through the Military Gateway is impacted in the most positive way - through the knowledge that the support and appreciation of Atlanta is with them wherever they go."

Clark Dean, Rotary Club of Atlanta’s Troop Support Committee representative and AIS parent, said, “We are thrilled that this project has connected children from across Atlanta with the men and women of our armed forces, who sacrifice for us all every day. So often, children hear about concepts like sacrifice, service, and freedom in the abstract. But programs like this one put faces on these ideals and make them real. It is moving to see children interacting directly with those who defend their freedom as they express their understanding and appreciation through heartfelt works of art.”

For more information on the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Military Gateway Youth Art Project, please visit www.atlantarotary.org. For more information on the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Art Program and the Youth Art Galleries, please visit www.atlanta-airport.com.




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