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Media Alert: Mural Painting At Hampden Elementary Will Brighten School

Today's Project is Part of Hogan Administration's Maryland Unites Campaign

For Immediate Release                                                 Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (August 20, 2015)

Hampden Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City today will get a new look, thanks to the volunteer efforts of a local artist, Maryland State Department of Education staff members, and children at the school.

MSDE’s Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, led by Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski, along with artist Tyler Hudock of WeMural, is creating a mural for the school.  It will depict three friends -- a Mustang (the school’s mascot), an Oriole, and a Raven, happily eating lunch together.

Students will take part in the project, helping MSDE staff paint the mural as it is projected on the wall.  Principal Khaleel Desaque embraced the project on behalf of all of his students, including those with disabilities who receive special education services at the school.

The mural painting project is part of Governor Hogan’s “Maryland Unites” program.  The "Day of Service" initiative is an opportunity for state employees to offer their time and talents to benefit our citizens through community service. State employees will receive four hours of paid leave if they choose to participate and have the option to take part in the agency event or a volunteer activity of their choice.

WHO:   Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski and MSDE Staff
             Principal Khaleel Desaque and Hampden Elementary/Middle School Staff
             Artist Tyler Hudock
             Hampden Elementary/Middle School Students

WHEN: 12 -2 p.m.
             Thursday, August 20

WHERE: Hampden Elementary/Middle School
               3608 Chestnut Avenue
               Baltimore, MD 21211
               (410) 396-6004

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