Project Smiles

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of lives are affected in unimaginable ways.  Parents are losing jobs, children are homeschooled, and putting food on the table has become a challenge for most of us.  The last thing we could squeeze money for is our children's school portraits.  I am a school photographer, and I am currently working on fundraising for Project Smiles. 

Project Smiles is created to help students from families of severely low incomes to have the opportunity to go home with their school portraits in their hands like other children.  It's such a small gesture, but overly critical to children's mental and emotional development, and as a parent, it's one of the most priceless captures of your child's milestone.  It may be just a printed photo to someone, but to the children, it's a piece of validation, importance of their existence, door to childhood memories, and so much more.  Project Smiles' goal is to see 100% of students leave school with portraits in their hands.  Its effects on students' lives are beyond imaginable.  I am working with schools to help students find normalcy in this time of uncertainty and beyond.

This will be an ongoing effort for every school year, but the funds is critically needed within the next few weeks before May.  

Any amount you would like to donate would be overwhelmingly appreciated by the schools, parents and students alike.  100% of the donated money will go towards school portraits for the underprivileged students Pre-K through 12th grade.  

I am beyond grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to work on this project born from the bottom of my heart and personal life experiences.  I thank you on behalf of the children for any amount you could spare to help shape the lives of the next generation.


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Kay Watson 
Jacksonville, FL
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