March 2, 2012 Tornado Outbreak - Student Art Part 3

It has been three years since an historic tornado outbreak brought widespread destruction to eastern Kentucky, including the cities of West Liberty and Salyersville. Over the past couple of years the Jackson National Weather Service Office has been involved in a project with the Magoffin County Schools that not only provides severe weather education, but also gives students the opportunity to reflect about their experiences through art and writing.

To observe the three year anniversary of the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak we wanted to share some of the artwork from students in the Magoffin County Schools. This art can serve as encouragement to us all as we prepare for the upcoming spring severe weather season.



My painting represents that even after a tragedy Magoffin County can come through even the toughest situations. The top portion of my painting is my reflection of how I remember our small town, it was nothing but piled up home debris, and lost items from the homes of my loved ones. The bottom portion shows how our hometown bounced back. It may not be 100% finished, but we've come back even better. We may have had to sacrifice ourselves, and make compromises, but the process to bring back our town has done nothing but reveal the love, and hard work that the citizens of Magoffin County have. Most importantly, it shows that even through the battle of losing our home, WE ARE still MAGOFFIN.

By: Alyssa Patrick






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