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Wings of Healing and Words of Hope for Praxair Cancer Center
ACE and their beautiful inspiring artwork being presented at Praxair Center
MacKenzie Guasco
ACE and their beautiful inspiring artwork being presented at Praxair Center

         Here at ACE the students have gathered together to create beautiful inspirational butterfly art for the Praxair cancer patients. Anyone at ACE was able to participate in this wonderful activity by signing up for Joanne’s Flex, a period where students were able to have their third block every other day to construct their creative art for the patients. This year students were able to make butterflies using any of the many decorations they could. The students used their creative imagination to make amazing butterflies that would hang in the center. John, the principal at ACE says,” The students got to touch the hearts of every Praxair patient.” When they’re delivered to the center Thursday, May 2nd by John and a few of the students at ACE. Along with the art everyone created, the students were able to write hopeful heart-warming words on their butterflies to inspire and encourage the Praxair patients. 

              In the past students were given the opportunity to have their art presented at the Praxair Center and even in the waiting room located in the Danbury Hospital. Joanne states why she started this kind of movement. “When I first stepped into Praxair, I felt the warm welcome of everyone there; it wasn’t just a center.

The beautiful butterfly art of the ACE student being hung at Praxair. (Joanne Tolles)

 

 

After feeling the care of the people there at the Praxair Center, she knew she had to give to her community.  In 2021 she started this amazing activity with the help of the ACE staff and students, to create meaningful art for not only the patients at Praxair, but for everyone to enjoy. The art would be seasonal for example snowmen and snowflakes in the winter and sunflowers and butterflies in the spring.

               This activity became more special to Joanne when her husband eventually became one of the patients at the Praxair Center. Thankfully, he also became a cancer survivor. It means the world and more to be able to give back to the Praxair Center for all they do for not just her husband but every single patient there. Joanne says ” I am delighted and it brings me happiness to be able to put a smile on every one of those faces.” 

 

 

 

Eight Students delivered 54 butterfly creations to Praxair Cancer Center in Danbury CT. (MacKenzie Guasco)
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MacKenzie Guasco
MacKenzie Guasco, Staff Writer
This is Mackenzie! To most of her friends and family it's Kenzie or Kenz. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends and family or watch Greys Anatomy or teaching herself a new song on the keyboard, guitar, or drums. Mackenzie started at ACE her freshman year straight of middle school. During 7th grade the whole world shut down due to covid. It was a big change for her as she was spending more time at home not being able to see any of her friends and not being able to even leave the house. During the summer Mackenzie loves going to the beach and riding her skateboard on the boardwalk. She has a younger sister named Grace who is a year younger than she is and goes to DHS. She says that having her own space to create who she is, is a good idea. Mackenzie is the first generation to come to ACE, both of her parents graduated from DHS.  
Joanne Tolles
Joanne Tolles, Adviser/Staff Writer
I am an English teacher, writer and poet, animal lover, happily married wife and grandmother, and recently, newspaper advisor for my school again. I am passionate about teaching my students how to find and use their unique voices. It is through writing that we become more aware, more human, and more effective in making the world a better place. Here is my lesson plan! Unchained and Free – My Life Lesson Plan Unchained and free. Liberated and alive. Curious and full of wonder. That is my lesson objective for the children. Writing words of truth. Declaring phrases or empowerment. Thinking critically. Creating new and awesome products. Those are my planned activities for the students. Making the world ripe for peace. Fostering justice and equity for all. Spreading love, learning, and awareness wherever they roam. That is my home work assignment. Unchained and free. That is the title of my life lesson plan. And what standard am I teaching? The student will assimilate ways to save humanity. Will you join me? Will you engage in liberation? Will you touch a generation with fierce passion? If you do, Your final evaluation score will be beyond innovating.      
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