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March 25, 2014

University of Okla. students paint murals, brighten up nonprofit

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Student volunteers included Elysa Casiano, Brittany Cole, Lacey Garrison, Harold Lathan III, Denise McDonough, Aaron Snyder, Tryston Walsh, Min Whomble, Alex Wood and Zac Yount.

“It’s been great painting the mural. I’m not an artist, but I’m interested in counseling,” Garrison said. “You can already see how bright the mural makes it here for the kids.”

The art therapy class allows students to get involved in a number of community action projects. Thus far, Newlin’s students have created Valentine’s Day cards to benefit Beautiful Dream Society, which works to end human trafficking in Lesotho, Africa, and Oklahoma, and have drawn pictures of shelter animals for the Norman Animal Welfare Center.

“The class teaches students how to communicate in the community and make a therapeutic difference by using art,” Newlin said.

Bethesda Inc. has been serving the Norman community for more than 30 years. More than 400 clients receive on-site counseling treatment each year, and about 3,000 children receive services through Bethesda’s outreach program. Services at Bethesda Inc. are free.

“We want people to know there is a safe place where they can get help for free,” Wellman said.

Bethesda Inc. will host its annual fundraiser, Come Blow Your Horn, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 21 at Local Restaurant, 2262 W. Main St.

The event will include music, a silent auction, live auction and raffles. Individual tickets are $50. All proceeds will benefit Bethesda Inc.

For more information, visit bethesdaok.org or facebook.com/BethesdaInc.

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