Art and Spanish students at Washington High School are teaming up to design and write postcards for some of the thousands of migrant children in U.S. government custody, hoping it will bring a degree of comfort to kids who crossed the border on their own.
Karina Silvestro, 16, designed several postcards with black and white images of holding hands, which she said are meant to show unity and solidarity. As she edited her images to add an etched texture on a computer program, Silvestro said she tried to put herself in the shoes of the children who are far from loved ones.
Feeling it could be a "scary and tense situation," Silvestro said she thought the postcards were maybe "something that I would like to receive or could keep close to me, something that could give me security."
Silvestro, whose mother came to the U.S. as a refugee from Nicaragua in the 1980s, finished her postcards by adding messages in Spanish. One says, "You are welcome," and another, "I'm with you."
"I know people like my mother who basically had to leave everything and come to a place that was unfamiliar and probably scary for the first few months she was here," said Silvestro. "I want these kids to know that there are people here who care for you and appreciate you."