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Judy-Ann E., a teacher at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN, commits a portion of her summer break to take Blake student volunteers to OpCamp, a summer camp for underprivileged children in Mineral Wells, TX. As always, the volunteers and the kids had a wonderful experience! But this time they wanted to do something special for the school district of West, TX, where there was massive explosion at a fertilizer plant earlier this year. The towns of West and Mineral Wells are almost neighbors, and the explosion affected many people, businesses and schools in the area. Three of West’s schools were damaged and even with government aid and a full scale investigation there isn’t currently enough money to rebuild all the schools. Judy-Ann arranged for KHEL’s small grant to be used to show solidarity with the West School District and the people of West. After returning to Minnesota, she sent us this report and photos:

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‘Service breeds more service!
With KHEL’s grant, we purchased 100 4″ x 4″ canvasses and markers.  If you will recall, the fertilizer plant that exploded in Texas destroyed schools. Since the kids of Mineral Wells receive a service by being able to attend Op Camp, I thought it would be good for them to do a service project for the West, TX, schools.These photos are of the mural the Op Camp campers made for West School District where the explosion occurred. The campers, with the help of our great volunteers, painted squares and helped assemble the mural. Then, everyone put their initials on the outside border edge of the canvas.  The smiles on the campers when they saw the what they had created was incredible! The community of Mineral Wells will deliver the mural to the West Texas School district’s next meeting.
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