Jillian Salsbury, New Hampshire Institute of Art, NH

Jillian Salsbury volunteered with first and second grade immigrants and refugees from across the world in two elementary classrooms teaching art. The children, who were limited in understanding the language and their new country, were quiet and sometimes shy, but in need of more effective ways of communicating that they were there to learn and grow in their new cultural environment. After learning how to express themselves and their feelings, these young minds transformed into smiling, and talkative first graders that felt a sense of community. She shared academic lessons, social skills, personal strengths and confidence with these young students.