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Home-schoolers create Safety Town mural Suncoast News staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:09 PM

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Local students joined a nationally known artist to paint a wall mural inside the Home Depot building at Pasco Safety Town.

For two days, students from the Grace Family Home School Group joined with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Cpl. Creg Bell to coordinate the project.

In order to spice up the Home Depot building training room, the mural depicts the majestic Florida landscape and Safety Town, Bell explained in a press release.

Safety Town is a realistic, child-sized miniaturized town that provides safety lessons for children, primarily ages 5-8. It also has space for meetings and training sessions for adults.

The safety education center is on S.R. 52, a bit west of the Suncoast Parkway.

Art students from the home school group teamed up with artist Terry Klaaren.

Klaaren supervised the mural along a large back wall. Instead of blank space, an eye-catching scene of wildlife now occupies the space.

Secondary and elementary students donated their own money and talent to this project, Bell observed.

Klaaren had just returned from a massive town mural project in Grand Island, N.Y. He was excited to paint with this group, as many students have studied under Klaaren's private group classes. He donated part of his time and all of his 40 years of experience.

Klaaren murals also appear in more than 80 schools in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Cpl. Timothy Spitzer of the sheriff's office helped start the project and then Bell helped the students overcome the obstacles for the large undertaking.

The Home Depot in New Port Richey partnered with Safety Town to donate needed items the students couldn't gather.

Papa Murphy's Pizza in New Port Richey fed the crew of 21, plus some Safety Town volunteers.

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