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Photo Gallery | School Art in Pride Park helps beautify two neighborhoods

Bradenton, Florida -- Teachers and student artists from five public schools are showing the community what their neighborhood means to them as part of the School Art in Pride Park project.

Abel Elementary School, Daughtrey Elementary School, Oneco Elementary School, Harllee Middle School and Southeast High School are participating in the project to beautify Pride Park and Ten Oaks neighborhoods. 

On Oct. 6, Daughtrey Elementary School, Oneco Elementary School and Harllee Middle School started painting their concepts on the graffiti-plagued white fence that runs parallel to 9th Street East in between just north of 63rd Avenue East. You can see the progress they have made so far above.

The other schools will work to complete their art concepts on this white fence by National Night Out in Pride Park, an event scheduled for Oct.19 to reinforce confidence and promote ownership of their neighborhoods.

Keep Manatee Beautiful in partnership with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the School District of Manatee County and the Southeast Residents Association implemented the last part of its 2011-2012 Keep America Beautiful Graffiti Hurts Grant of $2,500, plus a grant match from Keep Manatee Beautiful of $2,500 for the project.

Other activities done with this 2011-2012 Keep America Beautiful Graffiti Hurts Grant have been:

  • Purchasing painting supplies for graffiti paint-out days and community paintbrush murals that are rarely defaced by graffiti and instill a sense of pride among those who live nearby.
  • Coordinating a Graffiti Hurts Poster Contest and displaying the poster art on bus bench backs near the participating schools.
  • Purchasing water-wise trees across the street from this graffiti-plagued white fence.
  • Purchasing supplies to educate youth gang members about a more productive lifestyle.
  • Coordinating with community leaders to encourage their Neighborhood Watch Program and Intelligence submissions that play a critical role in fighting drugs.

Info courtesy Keep Manatee Beautiful

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