Mural at Mountain Vista School spreads kindness

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Volunteers are, from left, Kate Callahan, Steve Brown, Claude Huffman and Frank Gallardo.

  Volunteers have been working on a mural at Mountain Vista elementary School in Oracle. The mural is a collaboration between Mt. Vista and Ben’s Bells of Tucson. Ben’s Bells is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading kindness around communities. 

Be Kind.

  “The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire, educate and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.”

  Kate Callahan of Ben’s Bells was supervising the mural project which included a tile workshop with students from Mt. Vista. Some of the tiles in the mural were made by students. Ben’s Bells supplies the materials and the school supplies the volunteers. The volunteers who helped with the mural were Steve Brown, Claude Huffman, Frank Gallardo and Manny Navarro. 

The mural in progress

  “The mural is a way to spread the message of intentional kindness,” Kate explained.  Ben’s Bells uses the “be kind” murals at schools to educate the students as well as to remind everyone to be kind to one another. 

  Ben’ Bells also does community public art murals and education workshops. To find out more on how you can help spread kindness, visit their website at bensbells.org.

John Hernandez (518 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


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