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Painting a brighter future for kids

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Saturdays are for relaxing, doing chores around the house or, if you are generous, giving back.

Volunteers from across Illinois got busy on Saturday using their creative minds with one goal: to paint a brighter future for kids. 

Every year Peoria Corps sponsors a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This year the focus was on Trewyn School in Peoria. 

 "This project is meant to paint murals at Trewyn School as a way of unifying and adding joy," stated Program Director of Peoria Corps, Jamila Wilson. 

Peoria Corps members drew and designed the murals and also brought in other volunteers from all over the community to help.

Wilson was not surprised by the big turnout.

"Peoria is a city of giving. The citizens here have a strong altruistic nature," said Wilson. 

Trewyn is a community-centered school and they have a health clinic serving many populations. 

"Not only will children be able to enjoy these murals, and be enlightened by the murals, but community members, parents and elderly, when they are coming to use the clinic, have the opportunity to be brightened by the color of the murals," stated Wilson. 

Volunteers said they hope these murals will help students excel in their studies.

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