NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence High School painting classes recently participated in the "Memory Project." The Memory Project is a charitable organization whose mission is “Creating portraits for a kinder world.” The Memory Project has students create portraits for orphans and abandoned children around the world.

For the past four years, NPHS art teacher Lynn Celler and her classes have sent portraits to orphans living in the Philippines. These children have no possessions of their own, so the portraits make them extremely happy and help to provide them with meaningful pieces of their personal history. In return, New Providence receives videos of the orphanage and the children's reactions to the portraits.

By watching the video, students were able to see the impact of their artwork and how happy it made these children as well as to increase their global awareness. Students at New Providence also realized how blessed they were to be living here and having a family. 

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When asked about how she felt doing this project, Celler said, "When you see, via the video, the dire poverty the children live in, it lifts your spirits to see how much joy our portraits bring to their lives. It makes my students realize how lucky and blessed they are."

Funding for this program was provided via a Mini Grant program of the New Providence PTSA.

For more information about the Memory Project, visit their website at

Editor's Note: Meghan Jonovich is a junior at New Providence High School. If you are a student interested in writing for TAPinto New Providence, contact