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August 23, 2014, 1:28 am

Germantown High students give to New Orleans school

Mayor Michael Nutter joined Germantown High School (GHS) principal, Margaret Mullen, to recognize students involved with The Stained Glass Project for their recent trip to New Orleans.

Underwritten by Firstrust Bank, students donated stained glass windows to the Morris Jeff Community School, located in a neighborhood that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Stained Glass Project teaches students about the importance of being active members of the community and giving back to others in need.

Students, Oyinkansola Adekitan, Deshawn Brewer, Janai Dallas, Nana Yaw Effah, Cornell Gilliland, Marie-Jean Haba and Dywanne Smith, went on the trip and presented Mayor Nutter with a ceremonial stained glass windowpane during an assembly held at GHS.

The Stained Glass Project is part of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown After-School program. This program is run by volunteer artists who work with teenagers from GHS, most of whom have never made art before. Students and artists are of varied ages, races, religions and nationalities, working in collaboration to make art for children they never met. In previous projects, the GHS students have created stained glass windows for AIDS orphans in South Africa. Artists, Joan Myerson Shrager and Paula Mandel, founded this program five years ago to inspire students to change the world through art.