Spring 2019 Gallery News Brief

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BPF receives first-time submissions from kids in Venezuela!

Big Picture Foundation just connected with our first group of Venezuelan kids who are part of “Nurturing the Future,” a community kitchen and center.  Started by 5 university students in Barrio El Calvario, el Hatillo, Caracas, Venezuela, the community kitchen has been in operation for the last 15 months, offering daily dinner to 100 children aged 2 to 8 years old every afternoon from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  This is the only time of the day that most of the children eat.  The center is financed through private and business donations, mostly from those who, after visiting the site, commit assistance. The children’s mothers attend to cooking, maintenance, and child care.

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A Storm Hits Nepal
News from Kiran Dutta, Bal Kendra School Director, sent this message…

April 2nd, 2019
Namste and Greetings!
I have news of a horrible destructive storm, from Nepal.  Most of the casualties are children, women, and the elderly who were trapped in the rubble.  The storm came at around 7:15 and lasted 3 minutes, leaving the huge destruction.  More than 500 houses were destroyed. Many people are now gathering their belongings. A large number are taking refuge wherever possible and others are staying outside, guarding and gathering the property that they found while clearing debris from their collapsed huts and homes.  There is a commitment to rebuild the destroyed houses. Immediately, people have sent blankets and clothes.  Many young people were in their end-of-year school examinations.  Along with their houses, they lost their books. We will be traveling to see what we can do, even in a small way, to comfort and counsel them.

A view of a settlement that was damaged by the hail and rain storm in Pheta area of Bara district, on Monday, April 1, 2019. Photos: Ram Sarraf/THT

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The Art of Recycling!

The Rye City School District has embraced the We Future Cycle (WFC) program, which creates a system to make recycling and composting easy.  While the WFC program reduces up to 90% of waste in schools, many soft plastic items cannot be recycled.  The challenge to use the soft plastics, such as chip bags, has been met by Rye Middle School teacher, Julie Corbalis, and her students.  Together, they spend lunch periods cutting and folding the bags into links.  Applications for using the links in creative ways are infinite.  Ms. Corbalis, a teacher by day and a musician by night (and weekend), has turned the plastic chip bag links into a unique guitar strap.  When asked about where she found the awesome accessory, she has a story to tell and a lesson to teach.

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Please See Our 2019-2020 information page for new themes, June, July, and August challenges and important dates for the upcoming year.
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Read about our Spring 2019 Best-in-Show winners!

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RYE TV – WATCH NOW

“Rye Views” with Kim Berns:  http://www.ryetv.org/04012019-1372

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The Big Picture Show:  http://www.ryetv.org/01312019-1059

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Rye Neighbors

The Big Picture Foundation,” by Gaby Gomez, Rye High School freshman

Gabby Gomez's article

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Alex Kirk's Article in the Rye Record