On Friday, September 16th, twenty-three VECA students --ranging from 7th to 11th grades--traveled to the City Hall Annex to tap into their painting and other artistic talents at a "Paint-Out," whereby the students decorated three large dumpsters to be used in October as part of "Make a Difference Day" and the city's large-item trash amnesty day. City employee, Sara Lowe, a graduate of Georgia State who majored in art, visited VECA two weeks ago, during the regular Museday-Tuesday club time, to teach simple painting techniques that were then applied at Friday's "Paint-Out." VECA students, working in teams of about 5-10, tackled three decorative yet abstract designs that took approximately 2.5 hours to complete. VECA teacher and chaperone Traci Jones commented on the grueling day: "The students and I had to complete our work in the 80+ degree sun, and I was concerned that they would give-up after a little while in the heat, but they didn't. Everyone painstakingly stuck with their tasks and turned what could have been plain, ugly bins into three, individualized works of art." The students were then treated to lunch and returned to school. The dumpsters will be displayed and used in various parts of town. The students intend to utilize the skills gleaned from this project to create similar mural projects on the VECA campus.