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 JCCS Students Paint Mural for South Korea

Students working on mural

Students at the new Juvenile Court and Community Schools campus in Vista learned about empathy and community service recently while they painted a mural to send to the South Korean school still reeling from the loss of dozens of students in a ferry boat sinking.

Students at the school have been working on the 5-foot-by-12-foot mural since April 28 and expect to be finished soon.

“It has been one of the best weeks we’ve had here,” said Ronald Major, the teacher helping to oversee the project.

Major started preparing students for the work by teaching them about the ferry that sank off the South Korean coast, killing more than 200 people, including many students and educators from Danwon High School. The students really connected with the story and empathized with those on the ferry.

“I’m doing it so we can give people hope,” said a 13-year-old student working on the project.

The mural is part of the Art Miles Mural Project, a program by the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Three elementary schools in Oceanside are also participating independently.

A few weeks ago, the students in Major’s class went to Chicano Park in Vista to look at murals there and get ideas for their own art.

Eventually, the plan is for the students to use this experience to help them paint a mural on a blank wall on the nine-classroom campus in central Vista.

The school, which hasn't been named yet, opened in February, combining classes that used to be held at three separate locations. It serves 85 students from across northern San Diego County in grades 7 through 12.