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Two Students Win in Shanti Fund Calendar Art Competion

  • As finalists in a Long Island-wide calendar-art competition, two Sayville Art students, Sophomore Dara Hofmann from Mrs Kim Kaminsky’s Advanced Drawing and Painting Class and Freshman Shannon Bohman from Mr. Even Hammer’s Introduction to Drawing Class, had their work selected for publication in the 2012 Shanti Fund Calendar.

    During Pinwheels for Peace Week, many of the art classes participated in peace activities, including the calendar page designs. After the art teachers reviewed the-students’ artworks, they selected several pieces and submitted them for consideration in the contest. Once, the Shanti Fund calendar committee selected the winners, they informed our Art Department faculty. Dara’s illustration of Gandhi and a child was picked for October and Shannon’s work with a hand offering peace with flowers and butterflies was picked for December. Congratulations, Dara and Shannon!


    Since 1993, volunteers from the charitable organization Shanti Fund, based on Long Island, have been actively sharing the ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. In recent years, the Shanti Fund has engaged our youth in schools through educational programs that promote peace and nonviolence. The annual celebration of International Day of Peace, which coincides with Gandhi’s birthday (October 2), launches activities and events focused on world peace. To date, the Shanti Fund volunteers have reached out to almost 125 schools (24 school districts) on Long Island to involve students . Most of these schools have celebrated with guidelines prepared by Volunteers of Shanti Fund that are discussed with the districts’ administrators and teachers who implement them in their classrooms projects and activities.

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