The terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 left the world shaken, but students at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School in New York are responding to this tragedy by sharing messages of peace through art.
Celine Laheurte teaches sixth through 12th grade art at the Léman Upper School. After the events in Paris unfolded, she put aside her regularly planned lessons and devoted a day for students to create reflective artwork about the terrorist attacks. Fellow Léman art teacher Jenna Robinson also collaborated with Laheurte and had her students reflect on the tragedy through art as well.
"The Paris attacks elicited such powerful emotions everywhere, but it also shed light on other issues [as a teacher]," Laheurte told The Huffington Post. "I thought: 'Will my students come in on Monday only knowing about Paris? Will they know of other events?' Thus this project would not just be about the Paris attacks, it would be about peace."
"Given that Léman Manhattan is an international school, it's one of our missions to foster global awareness and explore the world's complexities through critical thinking," Laheurte said.