Madison Rysavy, 11, helps paint a mural Monday morning behind the old utilities plant as part of Pacelli’s summer STAM camp. -- Alex Smith/alex.smith@austindailyherald.com
Madison Rysavy, 11, helps paint a mural Monday morning behind the old utilities plant as part of Pacelli’s summer STAM camp. -- Alex Smith/alex.smith@austindailyherald.com

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Volunteers shine through gloom; Pacelli campers paint over graffiti at Mill Pond

Published 10:32am Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Despite gloomy weather, students from Pacelli Catholic Schools’ STAM summer camp brightened up the Mill Pond area with art Monday morning.

A group of about 20 campers painted a mural with self portraits surrounding the word “family” behind the old utilities plant. The project was in collaboration with Vision 2020’s good graffiti program, which started painting in May.

“It’s a good idea that we’re painting over the graffiti and making [Mill Pond] a more pleasant place,” said volunteer William Kahle, 12.

William was pleased with the progress of the mural.

“It’s going really well,” he said.

William Kahle, 12, paints a mural as part of Pacelli’s summer STAM camp Monday morning behind the old utilities building.
William Kahle, 12, paints a mural as part of Pacelli’s summer STAM camp Monday morning behind the old utilities building.

Though William had never done a service project like this before, he would recommend it as a way for other children to get involved.

Cassidy Miller, 8, was happy with the project as well.

“It’s cool because I really love art,” she said.

Laura Marreel, director of the camp and assistant principal, called the project a good way for students to give back.

“It’s fun for the kids to make a positive difference with a park they play at,” she said.


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