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Junior High mural grows

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Eighth-grader Nicole Sittenthaler and seventh-grader Emma Dudley point to parts of this panel that they had worked on.

The edible produce-themed mural on the Estacada Junior High has been extended.

The festive panels now liven the wall behind the SEED (Stewarding an Edible Estacada District) garden dedicated to growing fresh food for the Estacada Area Food Bank.

After securing a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation and funds from the food bank and SEED itself, the garden was plotted and planted this spring.

Now lush with young plants, the garden is thriving thanks to volunteer effort.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Eighth-graders Alleah Schwab and Haley Skerganec show off their handiwork in one of the new SEED garden mural panels. The Estacada Junior High student council helped weed and water the garden and SEED provided after school opportunities to work in the garden.

Interested students helped with the new mural for the garden.

David Andersen, chairman of the Clackamas Community College Art Department, has been coming twice a week to work with junior high art students on the mural.

Andersen brought his college art students each time to collaborate with the younger students.

Estacada Junior High School student artists said they enjoyed working with the acrylic paints and collaborating with the Clackamas Community College students on the mural.

Andersen has worked with students on several murals in Estacada Junior High, including the original garden mural on the other side of the front entrance from the new one.

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