Miami's 'Little Haiti' Students Use Art as Therapy

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The earthquake tragedy in Haiti can be especially painful for children.

That's why one elementary school in Florida is providing students with a creative way of coping with the disaster.

Eighty percent of students at the Morningside Elementary School located in Florida's Little Haiti community of Miami have roots in Haiti.

Dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake has been hard on the students.

"I'm very sad about the people in Haiti," said Laicka Alnonor, a student. "I wonder if they're ok."

"When they're home, they see their parents crying, and when you see your mama crying, it's not a good feeling," explained school counselor Oby Okany.

Along with offering counseling for students with ties to Haiti, teachers are also using art to help kids cope with their feelings.

"I drew a wind blowing our houses and a little girl is stuck under broken houses," said Samari Norton, another student. "There's lot of people who are crying for help."

It's just one way to help students heal from the pain that most of Haiti is experiencing right now.

"This actually is a visual reinforcer and it recognizes the hardship that the community is going through," said Susan Gonzales, the school art therapist.

*Originally published January 22, 2010. 

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