Art made from 'trash' at Camp Aiken

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Nine-year-old Josh Matlock (center) talks to art director Sergio Gallardo (second from left) about making a UFO as Tyler Jay (from left), 7 Kayla French, 9 and Ryan Wilson, 10, use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Gallardo said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Damon Vance, 6, shows his excitement as Sergio Gallardo, art director, uses a hot glue gun to help Vance create art as Vance and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Gallardo said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eight-year-old Collin Smith playfully bites his nails in mock nervousness as camp counselor Ally Thompson glues together his art project as he and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Smith used toy cars and other materials to create a "Transformer with a cannon to fight evil." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Camp counselor Megan Visotski glues together 9-year-old Meygan Santos' art project as Santos and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Ryan Wilson, 10, makes some adjustments to his piece of art as he and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. "The ducks are watching the baby duck being hatched," Wilson said of his art. "And the angel is coming down to tell everyone to gather around because a new baby is being born." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Several boys rush to gather up the toy cars for their art projects as the children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Smith used toy cars and other materials to create a "Transformer with a cannon to fight evil." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Camp counselor Megan Visotski glues together 9-year-old Meygan Santos' art project as Santos and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eight-year-old Collin Smith created a "Transformer with a cannon to fight evil" as he and other children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Seven-year-old Tyler Jay explains how his creation, a rocketship, takes off and lands as he and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Six-year-old Jasmine Jay shows Sergio Gallardo, art director, where to hot glue items to create her piece of art as Jay and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Gallardo said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Talia Abdul-Rahim, 8, colors in her art, which she said she made for her parents, as she and other children use items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Josh Matlock, 9, holds up one of his pieces of art, a monkey glued to a license plate, in front of a UFO he created as he and other children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Matlock said monkeys are one of his favorite animals and he likes UFOs. "I made a UFO because there are legends about them, and they melt when water touches them," Matlock said. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects during Camp Aiken at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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Children at Camp Aiken used items from the Goodwill store in Aiken to create art projects at The Family Y of Aiken County on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Sergio Gallardo, art director, said he wanted the children to learn the importance of recycling, creativity and sharing. "A lot of people will see this as just trash," Gallardo said. "But I want them to see you can take something that people perceive as trash and create something useful." JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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