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Paragon Kicks Off New School Year with Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Artwork


Paragon Bank has begun the 2014-2015 school year by displaying artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf students in the lobby of its Saddle Creek banking center (7600 Poplar Avenue). Located in Germantown, Memphis Oral School for the Deaf offers education to hearing-impaired children to equip them with a solid education foundation and an equal opportunity to succeed.

“We loved hosting artwork from Memphis Oral School for the Deaf last year, and are thrilled to kick off this year’s installations with a new collection of beautiful artwork,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon. “Each piece represents something special to the student who created it, and that makes it special to us.”

Paragon worked with Ginger Ragan, the school’s Development Associate, and teachers Cyndi Eaton, Susie Harland and Holly Strasberg to display artwork from 12 preschool students, ages three to six years old. The artwork, which will be on display until September 30, features butterflies and was inspired by the school’s tradition of offering each student the chance to release a butterfly during their graduation ceremony. The release of the butterfly symbolizes the student’s progress through their years at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.

The work was created by Julia Bogard, Aurice Dalal, Lizzie Gray, Isaiah Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Rory Johnson, Collins Kellum, Haley Newman, Madilyn Sims, Martin Wade, Ayleah Wilbanks and Joseph Wright.

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.

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