ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Love is everywhere, and the Dallas Love Project has Milam Elementary School showing its students the importance of spreading love.
Over 500 students at Milam Elementary school came together to design love posters. Jamelexi Avilez, a 5th grader at Milam Elementary School, felt inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights speech since it spreads the message of togetherness.
“My quote was hate can not drive out hate only love can do that,” says Avilez. “It was by Martin Luther King, and he was very inspirational about love and peace and civil rights for everyone.”
Initially inspired by Karen Blessen after Dallas’s perceived bad reputation following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Now the love project spread to West Texas.
“It’s important to teach each of the kids a deeper meaning of love we’re not just talking about our mom or dad we’re talking about world love,” Betsy Johnson Clark, an art teacher at Milam Elementary School. “We’re talking about great inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.”
Betsy says this love and kindness project is important to let kids know they are loved by others.
“Art is the biggest place we can reach out to the kids,” Johnson Clark says. “Teaching them about kindness and love and art and in today’s society you know they need to know that they’re loved and they need to know how to love each other, and they need to know that they can make art to state their opinions about how they feel about love.”
Many students say love is about coming together as a community regardless of one’s background.
“Love means to me is love working with each other and respecting others bubble.”