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DHS students honor deceased with mandala

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Photo submitted DHS students expressed their intentions and honored those who have died by adding shapes, designs and pictures to a mandala at Delta High School.

A mandala is a tool that can be used to ease through life's transitions. A mandala on the sidewalk in front of Delta High School helped DHS students come together to support one another and to honor those who have died, including two DHS students who died earlier this year.

The project was a collaboration of HopeWest Kids, 4th & Main Exchange and Confluence Gallery.

The ceremony began with a song played by the high school band in honor of Ben and Jon. "This was a great way to set the mood," said Carrie Bauer, youth coordinator for HopeWest. "Then the students were invited out to add shapes, designs and pictures to the mandala that reminded them of Ben and Jon and other special people in their lives who have died."

Bauer explains that a mandala is an abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, "mandala" is a Sanskrit word that means "circle."

Mandalas are often used to represent wholeness and balance; often people will create a mandala during moments of personal growth.

They also can represent positive intentions of those making them -- for example, hope, peace, unity, compassion, family and community.

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