Kids paint a mural as part of RPD summer camp

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Jul. 22—These days, most children spend their time inside playing video games or scrolling on social media. Thankfully, the Richmond Police Department (RPD) is helping children get outside and use their creative muscles.

On Monday in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, the RPD summer camp children painted a mural at the Lake Reba boat docks.

The mural features an orange sun with its rays spreading out across blue water. Between each ray reads, "Always be the light."

Along the border of the mural, each kid placed their own handprint.

"The handprints are like a signature done by the kids on each mural," Lieutenant Josh Hale, the organizer of the summer camp, said.

Hale, explained the symbolism behind the mural.

"We have water in the mural because we are by the lake, and we always want to have a positive message that will hopefully reach out to others."

"We want our kids to learn about community and take ownership in making the world a better place," he said.

The mural took about two hours to complete and is one of multiple murals completed by RPD summer camp over the years.

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