Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
It was a heartrending moment for Mineola High School seniors Jasmine Muchlis and Jinal Patel when they saw the images of families devastated by a volcano that erupted in Indonesia this past February. Tens of thousands of people were forced out of their homes, and at least three people were killed.
For Muchlis, it was personal loss, as she knew one of the victims. The duo had concerns for the casualties. They decided to make it part of their senior project to help raise money for the victims; the two raised $400.
After much brainstorming, they created a “Friendship Photo Booth.” The idea was simple: $2 per person for two photo shoots of friends.
“We wanted to do something different that no one in school had done before and also since we love art and craft,” Muchlis said.
With assistance from the school custodians, Muchlis and Patel worked in the activity room making all the props, frames and other accessories for the project.
“We took two different pictures of the friends together and then combined the photos. Each got a copy of the photo,” she said.
For two days, students queued up to take pictures and support the cause.
“We took over 300 pictures and made it into a collage,” Patel said. “In financial terms, it means a lot for the victims in Indonesia. With $1, we can feed about three people with a really good meal. The money was handed over to the Indonesian Consulate New York and Saung Budaya Indonesia Organization for the victims.”
“It was a gratifying experience. Besides being for a good cause and helping the victims this project was special for us friends too,” Muchlis stated. “This is our last year together in high school. Jinal and myself wanted to do something memorable. Memories, like this, we will cherish for a lifetime.”