Summer Under the Sea – St. Stephen’s Under the Sea Mosaic Mural

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This summer Apatchworks had the pleasure of collaborating with the St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Program, a program that provides a safe, supportive, educational and fun environment for inner city children and teens while school is out of session.

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The youth had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the making of a giant mosaic mural, with the theme of Under the Sea. Many of the children did not know what a mosaic mural was, nor had they ever seen mosaic tiles. Their excitement and engagement was amazing at this new experience.

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They wrote beautiful messages of hope and encouragement on the backs of the panel before they began gluing on the colourful tiles.

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We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors: Bisazza donated over 20,000 tiles, while UGF Industries France that created the wooden sea creatures that will be placed on top of the mural background.

The mural will be on permanent display at the St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in the Roxbury area of Boston. We are delighted to say that children undergoing long-term treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital have been invited to make mosaic fish to fill the sea.   

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It is hoped that the Under the Sea mosaic mural of St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in Boston will be filled with fish by the end of 2016. Many thanks to Kemarah Sika, director of St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Programs, and her team for helping apatchworks bring this opportunity to so many young people in the city of Boston.

Eugenie the Fearless

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Sunday 5th June, Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Annual Spring Clean-up,

with the theme of “Asterix & Obeliix” (ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt).

I walked up to the gates of the Ronald McDonald House late on the Sunday morning and I was surprised to see the normally vacant parking lot occupied by stalls, with many people weaving around them. People were dressed in togas, robes, elegant gowns, and Asterix attire. Kids were running around with prizes and snacks, probably propelled by the sense of excitement in the air. I eagerly made my way inside and upstairs, passing by adult volunteers working like bees to clean the house.

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Out in the back garden, I found the apatchworks Craft Corner, where teen & adult volunteers were setting up crafts. There were 10 different creative activities all revolving around the theme of the day ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. After lunch provided by McDonalds, all the volunteers waited eagerly for children to arrive. The children were reluctant at first but as each one sat down and started painting or gluing or stamping or whatever it is the activity called for, they were completely captivated. Soon a hum of bubbly chatter could be heard and smiles could be seen all round.

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More excitement came with the surprise appearance of Ronald McDonald himself. He entertained the kids with impressions, posed for photos and even sat down with a few children to do crafts as well. In the afternoon there was a costume competition with prizes given for the best adult costume in male and female category and the best other cool looking costumes all based on the Obelix & Asterix theme. Yet the truly magical part was when our friend Eugenie, who’s wish was to win the best girls costume, got an amazing makeover by teen volunteers; Jade, Jeanne, Fleur and Mia, and went on to win the prize for best girls costume. The crowd burst into applause and she had the smile of a champion on her face!

 

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At the end of the day, the Harley Davidson Club of Paris, France arrived on their beautiful Harley’s ready to give everyone a chance to have a ride on a an genuine Harley around the parking lot of the Institut Gustave Roussy! Young and old alike joined in the fun and hopped on a Harley for a magical ride around the parking lot. Even our teen volunteers got up the courage to take a ride. It was a day that will be remembered by all and I can’t wait till next year.

 

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Unveiling of the World’s Largest Mosaic Mural by Children

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That’s right, spanning at approximately 20m2, this amazing mosaic depicts a lively and colourful under water scene and is to be placed on a wall of the International School in Genoa.

The International School in Genoa has made a school wide engagement involving all students, faculty and members of their community with the children of the paediatric oncology department of the Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Genova. As well as children from other paediatric oncology departments in CHU Archet 2 Hospital in Nice and the Ronald McDonald House in Paris, France who contributed by making the mosaic sea creatures for the mural. Nearly 500 people came together to create this awesome artwork!

We are really grateful for the enthusiastic engagement of the grade 11 and 12 CAS students who assisted in different areas as part of their community service project; writing articles, posts for social media, photographing and filming making of the mural as well as T-Cell Warrior dance practice sessions, and helping with the making of the mosaic mural.

It is anticipated that the making of this mural will positively impact the lives of over 500 children. At present over 600 smiles have been witnessed.

Be on the look our next mosaic project!

 

 Mr Khoury of ISG gluing the first tiles...

Mr Khoury of ISG gluing the first tiles…

students of ISG working on a panel

Students of ISG working on a panel

The final piece, well done everyone!

The final piece, well done everyone!

 

ISG Students Perform T-Cell Warrior Flashmob in Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa

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The students of the International School of Genoa (ISG), Italy started preparing for the T-Cell Warrior Flash mob in September 2015. A school wide effort was made, students from preK to grade 12 learned the special Apatchworks T-Cell Warrior Haka. On December 10, 2015, 160 students came together on the school field to do their first T-Cell Warrior flash mob. This was all in preparation for the big event on March 17, 2016 where the students performed the flash mob at the Piazza de Ferrari in the center of the city of Genoa, Italy. We commend them for being so brave in the brisk morning air! Both flash mobs were dedicated to the children of the pediatric oncology units of the Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa, Italy. Way to go Warriors!!

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