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Kids work to brighten Binghampton with wooden hearts

Volunteers like Tricee Fuson helped turned the once blighted property into an art workshop of sorts for kids in the neighborhood. Volunteers like Tricee Fuson helped turned the once blighted property into an art workshop of sorts for kids in the neighborhood.
"It stands for love, understanding, peace, happiness, you know, joy," said Ricky Carr, who cut out all of the wooden hearts. "It represents the children of Binghampton." "It stands for love, understanding, peace, happiness, you know, joy," said Ricky Carr, who cut out all of the wooden hearts. "It represents the children of Binghampton."

(WMC-TV) - Love is being felt in Binghampton thanks to a group of neighborhood kids who are brightening up blighted properties in the community.

The students at Lester Elementary School do not have an art program, but they are getting the chance to add a whole lot of color -- and love -- to the area.

Wooden hearts were cut out and decorated by kids at the Binghampton Carpenter Art Garden.

Volunteers like Tricee Fuson helped turned the once blighted property into an art workshop of sorts for kids in the neighborhood.

"It's really an incredible project because the children do this themselves," she said. "We're just kind of here to guide them."

On Thursday afternoon, nearly 100 painted hearts lined the garden, each containing a colorful message.

"It stands for love, understanding, peace, happiness, you know, joy," said Ricky Carr, who cut out all of the wooden hearts. "It represents the children of Binghampton."

Once school let out, kids like Carr's granddaughter, 10-year-old Recokia Wooten, went door to door sharing their homemade hearts with others.

"It's just such a beautiful thing to see that spring up in them," said Fuson.

The art center has transformed the community and is even planning to expand, taking over a blighted home next door and using the space to foster more creative art in the future.

"When I look around this garden and I realize that a year ago this was a blighted empty lot and all the things that have taken place here, all the people that I've met, all the beautiful faces all the time that I've spent with all these children, my life has changed because of that," Fuson said. "When we are able to get to know each other, it's very easy to love each other and be friends."

If you want more information on the Carpenter Art Garden, click here to visit its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarpenterArtGarden?ref=br_tf 

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