PHOTOS: Paintbrush hosts free canvas painting for children without a school: “These children have faces, and these kids have parents”

Last week, the Paintbrush hosted a free canvas painting session for children without a school.

103 boys and girls, ages primary through high school attended.

“Sometimes we hear about kids without schools and we think, how sad, but this week we saw that these kids have faces and these kids have parents,” said Paintbrush. “These are sweet children who have not been accepted into our school system. We need to come together and figure out a solution to this problem once and for all.”

“This initiative was done L’zecher Nishmas Rav Gissinger Zatzal, who worked tirelessly to help these children. Yehei Zichro Baruch.”

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  1. While not a laughing matter… do I have to point out ‘These children have faces’ and you blotted them out? lol. Just ironic and made me chuckle. What a beautiful Chesed for Paintbrush to do and so appropos l’iluy nishmas Rabbi Gissinger zt”l. I am shocked this far into the year that many children are still not placed. I am sure not all attended so we are talking well into 3 digits. This is heartbreaking and shocking.

  2. before all the hockers start hocking let’s just stop for a moment and shed a tear or two for these beautiful sweet children and their wonderful parents. It is painful to see this reality. There are times in life when words will not do and it doesn’t make a difference right or wrong or what your opinion is. First we cry, then we cry some more, then if somehow we can feel the pain these children and their parents have then and maybe then we can open our mouths to speak.

  3. Very special! i’m impressed with the sensitivity and thoughtfulness of the owners of the Paintbrush. You should have continued hatzlacha in your business.

  4. Why is the Lakewood reality sad? I would say focus on the positive that there are several thousand kids who ARE in school and that there so many wonderful schools in Lakewood and more opening each year.
    The town in B”H thriving and so much good!
    And yes, it is also very sad and unfortunate that those precious kids aren’t in school but that doesn’t define the town

  5. Actually it defines a large part of the town when schools make it very difficult on children already in schools and then are made to feel unwelcome and put out on the street to join with many dozens of girls being Mechalel Shabbos. It’s very nice to want to insulate the good girls, but on the flipside it is a direct cause of chilul Shabbos. Whoever doesn’t think this is a true fact that there are now close to 100 girls not keeping Shabbos – ask anyone that has girls out on the street what the situation is

  6. tzvi, its ppl like you that are the problem, fine to turn a blind eye to the kids that are suffering, shame on you! Yes, many kids are doing well here, BH, but many are not, and the question should be, what can YOU do to help even one of them!?

  7. Tzvi u obviously never experienced the pain of having a child out of a school for a long time so I would advice u to think before u write any comments ,I unfortunately did have a child out of school for months and telling us to just look at the positive will not help anything lakewood has a very serious school problem and my high school daughter knows many girls that are not shomer shabbos and out on the street as a result of this serious problem.

  8. Wow – what a beautiful chesed. And these are our beautiful, precious neshamos who, most definitely deserve to be in a school.
    Just btw, Ateres Tziporah opened up again under a new name. They have a group of backers behind them and they hired a superb staff. Their classes are not yet completely full. But they will be, shortly. Call them.
    Hatzlocha Rabbah to all.

  9. I’m very sorry if my comments were offensive to anyone, wasn’t my intention. And you’re right, if my kid wasn’t in school, probably wouldn’t have the same “ positive “ sentiment.
    My comments were meant to be more general in nature but for any parent or child not in school, I feel absolutely horrible and give you a heartfelt bracha that Hashem should send salvation right now.

  10. As a Lakewood mother, please remember that many of these children just moved here and rightfully so should have to wait until all the Lakewood kids are in school before they get in. How many times have rabbonim said not to move here if you don’t have a school for your children first? Don’t think you know better then cry wolf when that school or cheder you planned on doesn’t pan out. Your poor kid is the victim of your selfish actions. Something doesn’t add up…the article mentions children up to high school? Um, where have they been until now? (Ateres Tzipporah closing only accounts for a small minority, since they reopened already).
    My heart aches for Lakewood children who have nowhere else to go and who have to watch children from Brooklyn take their spots in schools they should have been accepted to.
    Shame on school administrators for letting money talk and opening the doors to the Brooklyn transplants before taking care of our own. Shame.

  11. I took these photos and these are 67 beautiful faces which the world should see. At this point the new school had not yet opened and even now they it is we do not know how long it will survive.

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