New downtown art created by local students educates public on proper wastewater management

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gabriella Kofi, Burlingame Creek School 10th grader, helps paint a stormwater mural at the corner of Northwest Miller Avenue and Northwest Third Street.Students from across Gresham were downtown Wednesday afternoon, May 30, to help bring new educational art into the community.

Four storm drains on Northwest Miller Avenue between Northwest Second and Third Streets now have artwork, designed and painted by children, to raise public awareness of storm drains' impact on local streams.

Students at Burlingame Creek School, Highland Elementary School and Walt Morey Middle School painted murals. The fourth mural will be completed soon. They all had themes of the nature that can be found in riparian zones, vibrant colors and important information like items that should not be put into storm drains. OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Melissa Kautush, left, and Megan McMurry, both students at Highland Elementary School, co-designed an educational stormwater mural. The mural by Highland students had a helpful message: "Nothing but rain down the drain."

"I knew I wanted to something with nature and a bunch of animals," said Highland fifth grader Melissa Kautush, who co-designed the art alongside fourth grader Megan McMurry. All of the Highland students who painted the mural on Wednesday are also members of the school's green team.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Students from Walt Morey Middle School paint a mural to educate people about what not to put down storm drains. The new art continues a trend that began last year, with students painting murals around the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza, 488 N.E. Third St. The hope is to continue having more stormwater art in future years.

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