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Carlsbad Students Paint Mural Promoting Acceptance and Diversity

The mural will be displayed on a wall at Calavera Hills Middle School in Carlsbad

Paintbrushes in hand, students from two Carlsbad-area schools united Saturday for an important art project: creating a mural that promotes acceptance and diversity.

The permanent mural, painted by students from Pacific Ridge School and Calavera Hills Middle School, will be displayed on a wall at Calavera Hills Middle School. The mural's concept and message was created in collaboration with artists at the Muramid Mural Museum.

More than a dozen students from Pacific Ridge are part of the non-profit group Hands of Peace, an interfaith organization that empowers Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers to join together in the pursuit of peace. The mural was a collaborative effort between Hands of Peace and the schools.

Pacific Ridge teacher and Hands of Peace faculty adviser Scott Silk said the students wanted to do something in San Diego to promote inclusivity and acceptance, as many felt strong feelings of political division after last November's election.

“We, as a community and as a society in general, need visual reminders of what makes us great and what the power of diversity really is. We hope this will be that sort of a reminder for all the students that pass through the halls at Calavera Hills Middle School," Silk said.

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