February 16, 2015
Morgan Moss Foundation founder Betsy Moss presents a camera to Jersey Village High School photography and digital art media teacher Joelyn Lauglin. (Photo by Kira Young, Jersey Village HS)
Feb. 12, 2015—Representatives from the Morgan Moss Foundation delivered approximately 20 camera kits to art and photography classrooms in six CFISD schools the week of Feb. 2.
The Morgan Moss Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to honor the legacy of Morgan Moss, an avid artist and photographer who died in a car accident in 2011 at age 26. The foundation’s mission is to provide photography equipment and supplies to high schools throughout Texas, so Moss’ passion and dreams for photography can be extended to others.
After applying for cameras through the foundation website, teachers at Cypress Falls, Cypress Ridge, Cypress Springs, Jersey Village and Langham Creek high schools and the Alternative Learning Center - West learned in January that they would receive Canon Rebel T5 kits—complete with lens, memory cards and camera bags.
Morgan’s mother, Betsy Moss, and his brother, Mason Moss, delivered the kits to the schools while sharing Morgan’s story and photographs from music festivals, skateboarding events and nature.
The foundation purchased a total of 40 camera kits for the Houston and Austin areas, with CFISD receiving nearly half of them.
“I could not believe that we were chosen to get five digital cameras for Cypress Springs,” said Cypress Springs visual arts teacher Mary Beth Finigan. “I appreciate the gift to our visual arts department. I hope that Morgan’s love for photography will be sparked in some of our students. Our Photo I classes are just moving from black and white darkroom to digital and these cameras will allow more students to shoot. The more opportunities students have to shoot will increase the number of projects and allow for quicker feedback on their composition, lighting and overall images.”
Jersey Village art photography teacher Joelyn Laughlin agreed that the three cameras her classroom received would be a boon for the program.
“Most of our students cannot afford a DSLR camera,” she said. “Some students don’t even have cell phones to take photographs with, which made this huge for our digital art program.”
Damaris DeLeon of Jersey Village High School contributed to this story.
Betsy Moss of the Morgan Moss Foundation presents Cypress Springs High School visual arts teacher Mary Beth Finigan with one of five Canon Rebel T5 kits on Feb. 5.
Morgan Moss Foundation representatives Betsy Moss and Mason Moss share about their foundation, which honors former Bellaire and University of Texas student Morgan Moss, who died in a car accident in 2011.