In celebration of the culmination of the year-long "Appleton Compassion Project," the Dalai Lama sent a video message to the project participants praising the initiative.
Read the Dalai Lama's complete message here. The Tibetan spiritual leader had also previously sent a message to one of the children who had drawn a picture of him.
The event, held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, included speakers, art, and writing from more than 10,000 Appleton students about what compassion looks like.
The panels will remain on display at the Trout Museum of Art through June.