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"Let the Children Come to Me"

An illustration in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The tragedy of Sandy Hook Elemantary School has left an impact on so many people both near and far. Many of us who did not know the family or any of the staff from the school still felt compelled to reach out and do something.

I think back to when I was in first grade that my artistic ability first got noticed from the school principal, Sister Julie, at Holy Rosary School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was from that year that I recognized my art career really started. The encouragement I recieved from her to always keep drawing as well as to work hard would be things that would stick with me thoughout my years in school and beyond.

It saddens me to think about what gifts, talents and other interests that were beginning to develop in those young minds would never reach full maturity. My illustration features 20 smiling children in all their innocence that hopefully will add some sort of comfort to the families.

May all the victims Rest In the Peace of knowing that our whole nation is praying for them and their families.

Ricky Mestre

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jerryflores December 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM
There really is no significance to your drawing. I hope you're not ALREADY trying to cash in on a horrible tragedy that has affected the entire nation and world over.
Newtown mom December 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I think he is just trying to reach out like the many others who have created poems or collages in tribute to our Newtown babies. We need positive thoughts now.
mike heredia December 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
There's plenty of significance in this artwork if you are thoroughly familiar with the images that we've been exposed to. I think that now is the time for us to remain united and not the opportunity to take cheap shots at an artist who has clearly demonstrated compassion for the victims of this tragedy. There was no solicitation for this. Let us remain positive and embrace artist that try and help our society to cope with this ordeal. Smearing this effort doesn't help in the matter.
Karen Montanaro December 20, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I loved the picture because it was positive, and reminded us how happy the children would be to see Jesus.

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