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Stars of HOPE

Stars of HOPE is a program started after 9/11 by the New York Says Thank You Foundation to bring hope to people who have experienced a disaster. Participants paint 12"x12" stars that are then sent on to disaster sites across the country and around the world to bring color and kind thoughts to the landscape.

We brought the program to almost every 5th grader in the county. Their stars have been hung all around the county to bring hope to the hardest hit communities in Bay County.


If you've seen a star, you may want to send hope back to the children with a thank you note to them and the entire school. You can find the addresses of the participating schools below. Please address your envelope with "Child's Name, Stars of HOPE" so the school know to give the letter to the art teacher who managed the project.

Bay Arts Alliance brought the Stars of HOPE program to Bay County with the help of the New York Says Thank You Foundation, American Art Therapy Association, Florida Art Therapy Association, and Colart.

See all the stars on our Facebook page.

Participating schools

Consider sending hope back to the 5th graders who painted the stars by writing a thank you note to the school (and specific child) who created a star that touched your heart.

Address the letter to the "Child's Name, Stars of HOPE" or "Art Teacher, Stars of HOPE" if there is no child's name on the star.

Bay Haven Charter

2501 Hawks Landing Blvd

Panama City, FL 32405

Beach Elementary

12900 Hutchison Blvd

Panama City Beach, FL 32407


13410 FL-77

Panama City, FL 32409

Breakfast Point Academy

601 Richard Jackson Blvd.

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Cedar Grove Elementary

2826 15th St

Panama City, FL 32405

Deer Point Elementary

4800 Co Rd 2321

Panama City, FL 32404

Lynn Haven Elementary

301 W 9th St

Lynn Haven, FL 32444

M. Cherry Street Elementary

1125 Cherry St

Panama City, FL 32401

Margaret K. Lewis

203 N East Ave

Panama City, FL 32401

Northside Elementary

2001 Northside Dr.

Panama City, FL 32405

Parker/Patterson Elementary

640 S Hwy 22A

Panama City, FL 32404

Patronis Elementary

7400 Patronis Dr.

Panama City, FL 32408

Southport Elementary

1835 Bridge St.

Panama City, FL 32409

St. Andrew School

3001 15th St

Panama City, FL 32401

Tommy Smith Elementary

5044 Tommy Smith Dr.

Panama City, FL 32404

University Academy

1980 Discovery Loop

Panama City, FL 32405

Waller Elementary

11332 Co Rd 388

Youngstown, FL 32466

West Bay Elementary

14813 School Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

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