Paragon National Bank has begun the new school year by hosting artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf in the lobby of its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue). Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, located in Germantown, provides education to hearing-impaired children to equip them with a solid education foundation and an equal opportunity to succeed.
“Paragon is excited to kick off our monthly art exhibits with work from the students at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon. “We hope this installation helps highlight the important work the school is doing in our community, as well as the level of talent found in this amazing group of students.”
Paragon worked with Ginger Ragan, the school’s Development Associate, along with teachers Cyndi Eaton and Susie Harland to display artwork from 12 preschool students, ages four to five years old. The paintings, which feature butterflies, were inspired by the school’s tradition of allowing each student the chance to release a butterfly during the graduation ceremony. The butterfly symbolizes the student’s progress through their years at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.
The work, which is on display until August 30, was created by Miley Arellano, Aseel Awwad, Cash Branyan, Jackson Carter, A’Samuel Cross, Aurice Dalal, Carmen Mack, Jasper Matthews, Madilyn Sims, Avery Sawyer and Slayden Sowell.
About Memphis Oral School for the Deaf
Located in Germantown for more than fifty years, the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf works to empower deaf children all over the Mid-South to listen, learn, and talk. Instead of sign language, the school uses speech and language therapies and audiological services in conjunction with preschool classes to help profoundly deaf and hard-of-hearing children. These techniques help children, ages birth to six, develop the necessary listening and spoken language skills to be a part of a world of sound. For more information, visit mosdkids.org.