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As Pittsburgh students began returning to schools this week, some of them were surprised by new public murals brightening their neighborhoods.

Others weren’t surprised—they’d helped paint them.

JO’NELL ARRINGTON painting rain drops on the parking lot.

JO’NELL ARRINGTON painting rain drops on the parking lot.

“I’m painting raindrops right now,” said 16-year-old Jo’nelle Arrington as she worked on a mural that now adorns the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood. “I like it because it helps change the community. It makes it happier, makes it better.”

The CEA mural was a project of local artist Kyle Holbrook’s Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project. Artist Rashad Jamal mapped out the design for the students, who he said worked on the project for about five weeks.

“I’m a fan of public art because it does a service by providing something other then blight for people to focus on in underserved communities,” he said.

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