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Local students have eye opening experience in OTR

CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- Local high school students head over to Over-The-Rhine Thursday for art's sake.

The Deer Park students are working to preserve the murals that were painted eight years ago outside "Our Daily Bread." The students came to OTR with several goals.
   
Tim Hubbard runs the school's volunteer program and he says from the beginning, it has been about more than just preserving the art work.

"They're interested in art, but they're interested in communities and learning more about those communities. That's really the heart of this project, learning what exists in our city that we may not necessarily know about," Hubbard said.
   
Some of the students had never been to this part of town. Jenna Klunk was surprised.

She said, "I expected it to look much different from when I was six-years-old coming to Music Hall, but it really wasn't that different."
   
Klunk said she didn't expect the contrast from one side of Liberty Street to the other.

"Where they're doing all the refurbishments, where they're starting new businesses, where it's getting trendy," Klunk says you don't hear as much about what's not changing farther north.
   
They spent some time learning about different groups trying to help.  And they did some volunteering of their own at Our Daily Bread.

Klunk says she will take a lot of perspective away from this, "Not everyone is the way that I am.  I lead an extremely fortunate life. I'm going to go home after school today and I'm probably going to eat.  I don't have to worry that there won't be food, but a lot of people do."

Preserving the murals, that's what sparked this series of trips to Over-The-Rhine.  The students actually photographed the murals and are using Photoshop to help bring them back to life.  They will ultimately print them as weather resistant posters.

The students will leave behind their mark in OTR and the trip will leave behind a mark on them as well.

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