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Golden Hills meaningful mural

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--Nearly 30 students from Golden Hill completed a mural alongside the back of one of their education buildings. The painting incorporated pictures and words that represented them and their school.

The idea of painting a mural was tossed around by the Golden Hill Principal and Work Coordinator, Sandy Glocke jumped on the opportunity. Glocke took it upon herself to ask local tattoo artist Amado Cortes-Rodriguez for assistance.

Cortes-Rodriguez explained, "I was able to go into their classroom and have a whole period with them where we brainstorm and came up with different ideas and sketch them out, and here they are."

The teens painted flags representing the diversity among students and hand prints as a sign of the legacy they plan to leave with the school after graduation.

Glocke explains, "That is their signature and their name is next to it so it kind of signifies that they've been a part of this."

Certain words were chosen for the project, words that tell each of their stories. One student said,"Most of us came to this school because we needed help catching up on credits, had family problems at home and this gave us belief that coming here gave us a second chance."

For Amado it was an opportunity to give back,"I just remember where I was when I was in continuation High School and if there wasn't certain people who touched my life I probably would have never went to college, that's why I think it's really important for me to volunteer my time."

Over and over the students and teachers emphasized the unity within the school. English teacher, Dan Parker said, "I've taught mainstream and I've taught in the ALC now the kids here have a real investment in the community and the family."

Dedicating their time to leave a lasting print, the mural provided the teens with a bonding experience, relaxation and a release from their worries.

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