Student Volunteers Make a Difference

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Marietta College freshmen and sophomores were out and about Saturday making a difference in the community.

The students split into 28 groups to work on various projects in the city.

One group took the opportunity to change vandalism into art; all with the help of a few paint brushes.

"We had a huge list of projects that we had to pick from and rank them in order, and this was our top choice and we got it so we're pretty thrilled," Connor Walters, a freshman, said.

Walters and other Marietta College freshmen are painting a mural under the Putnam Street Bridge. Being a part of the River Trail, it's an area that's seen often. So, to brighten up the dark tunnel, they're painting an outdoor rowing scene.

"We've come a long way for sure. We had to paint over all the graffiti and then just start with our base and work from there," Lauren Currie, a freshman, said.

They're working hard and dipping into their free time to make sure the job gets done, and is done well.

"It's something we should applaud them for. It really is something they should be proud of and the city should be proud to have the kids do this," Earl Kehl, who walks the trail daily, said.

The student volunteers are thrilled to have the support of the community behind them, but some still question if it's enough to stop the graffiti, and fortunately, they have an answer.

"We're working to get something called graffiti block, which is a sealant that will go over it. Once that's on we can just come down here and if anybody has done graffiti over the wall, we can just wipe it off with water," Dan Hartman, a freshman, said.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Marietta on Oct 27, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Justin grafitti is not art, it is vandalism, which is a destruction of property, which is a crime.
  • by axeman36 Location: Torch,Ohio on Oct 26, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    It is a good thing that these guys did but they aren't the only school kids volunteering, there are high school kids volunteering on local fire depts severing their community everyday when they are needed. as well as others too. Not just one week or one day those are the kids who should be on the news.
  • by Justin Location: Parkersburg, WV on Oct 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    This is ignorant. I appreciate them trying to make something BETTER, but grafitti, itself, IS art!!! They should be respectful of that in their wording of this story...."removing the bad"?? Really?
  • by Guy on Oct 25, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    Way to represent the college and the McDonough Leadership program guys. The painting is awesome, nice work. Job well done, and great interview Connor.
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