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WVa first lady opening art display of student portraits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new display featuring portraits of six Communities in Schools students from across West Virginia is opening at the State Capitol Rotunda.

First lady Cathy Justice will host a reception at the opening on Tuesday to launch the display, which will remain in the Rotunda through Friday.

The pieces will be moved Monday to the West Virginia State Culture Center, where they will remain on display through Oct. 29.

Communities in Schools is a national program designed to help remove barriers for students at risk of dropping out by bringing community resources into schools, according to the organization’s website.

Justice and the West Virginia Department of Education chose six CIS students to participate in the “What We’re Made Of” art project, patterned after an initiative by the organization’s national office.

The art pieces featuring favorite memories, colors, activities and special items, according to a news release from Justice. Art teachers Diana Frazier from Huntington High School and David Pushkin from Sherman Junior and Sherman High School painted the portraits of the students.