Muralists learned about water and community

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The Oak Park Education Foundation and its summer BASE Camp program would like to express gratitude to this community for its support of our recent mural project at the Lombard Street underpass. Our 15 kids at camp, entering grades six through eight, designed, sketched and painted in five days the mural about Oak Park's water works for all the community to learn from and enjoy. Please drive by and take a look.

Support for this project was in abundance from Alan Kastle and the JC Licht staff with their generous donation of many gallons of paint and helpful assistance. We thank them. Also, thanks to John Wielebnicki, director of Public Works for the village, who invited our kids to establish their base of operation in the building nearby for the full week. Thanks also to the friendly staff who welcomed them daily. To launch the water works concept development, Brian Jack, Water and Sewer superintendent for the village, took the kids on a full tour of the pumping station, explaining how water moves from Lake Michigan to our kitchen faucets and how much water we use daily.

The final product of the Water Works Mural Project, we trust, is a visual asset to our village, as well as informative and thought-provoking, about the necessity of water conservation. These kids now get it, thanks to this community's support!

Jenny Roen

BASE Camp coordinator, Build A Summer Education, opef.org

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