Arnold senior paints positive murals at Bay District Schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - Bringing a little color and encouragement to the classroom is one Bay District senior's mission.

Abbie Capes has painted positive murals at Bay District Schools. (WJHG)

Abbie Capes is a senior at Arnold High School. She plays the mellophone in the band, takes AP classes, and loves art. She decided to turn her love of art into something other students could enjoy.

"I thought it would be fun and make campuses prettier and make the kids happy," Capes said.

She's currently working on her fourth mural, eagle wings for West Bay Elementary School.

"It's so good to see what our younger students are doing in our community, so many times we hear the negative things. What Abbie is doing, using her talents to give back to other schools and elementary schools is just a great way to promote what our young population is," West Bay Elementary Principal, Deniece Moss said.

Breakfast Point Academy's mural is their mascot, a stingray, with words of encouragement.

"This is probably one of the most traveled hallways in the entire school and our rays pledge is that our rays are responsible, accountable, young leaders showing respect," Breakfast Point Academy Principal Clint Whitfield said.

The mural at Lucille Moore features an inspirational quote about being yourself.

"Abbie is a perfect example of how even the young people in our community such an influence on our younger students, we want them to realize that everybody has an opportunity to make a difference," Lucille Moore Elementary Principal Keri Weatherly said.

Capes was awarded the Superintendent's "Spirit of Our Community Award," for painting the positive murals.

"School can, you know, get you down a little bit, I know that, and especially in elementary school it's nice to have just a little bit of encouragement," Capes said.

This Everyday Hero has spent nearly 150 hours painting the murals, with more work still to be done.

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