*Six-thousand* La Crosse students are working on a
common art project.
The goal is to get every student in the district thinking
and talking about what it means to be kind.
It's called the La Crosse Compassion Project.
News 8 has been following the anti-bullying effort
since it began this Fall.
In tonight's Assignment: Education report.
I have an update for you on the project's progress.
What do *you* see.
when you look at this picture?
This 6th grade artist is hoping to draw-out a specific
I was just doing a person who lives in a really dark
world and needs help.
This guy is playing the bongs.
this young artist is also trying to evoke a certain
this person, that I'm not done drawing yet, is giving
money to this person.
and it's just helping him out.
The idea of helping someone is being used by these
Lincoln Middle School students to illustrate what
compassion might look like as part of the La Crosse
I feel like I see a lot of lonely people at school.
So, I just want them to, if htey need help, to go
There's a lot of really good, deep stories.
And a lot of really heart-warming ideas coming out
of the project.
Every student in the district started putting their
thoughs about compassion on a 6 inch by 6 inch canvas
We're about a quarter of the way done so far.
As the students finish their meaningful masterpieces.
photographer Tad Meddaugh owner of The Studio in downtown
La Crosse is capturing their beauty.
This is just the start.
Tad is volunteering his time Nats.
We are glad to help.
to photograph every piece of art nats.
I think we've shot around 60.
so the students' work can be displayed online.
We'll take them back ot he studio and color correct
them as a whole and convert them from raw to a JPEG
so that they'll have their finest quality to use on
The website will be a place where these students can
display their artistic message of compassion with
I think it's going to be really unique to see it and
I think it will be really satisfying.
Just as satisfying as the virtual exibit.
will be the physical one.
We're going to put 12,000 holes in the walls of the
All 6,000 squares will be on display in the downtown
La Crosse art museum for public viewing beginning
I think it's going to show them that the students
know what compassion is.
And maybe even inspire the community to think about
what compassion looks like.
In La Crosse.
The La Crosse Compassion Project will be on display
at the Pump House Regional Arts Center from May second
until June 28.
You will also be able to view the artwork online beginning
in May on the La Crosse Public Education Foundation