Mural painted by kids in the HAALO program encourages Trotwood to 'breathe freely'
TROTWOOD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A mural in Trotwood is encouraging people to 'breathe freely', and all of the 1 million strokes of paint that went into it were done by kids in the HAALO program.
The Montgomery County Juvenile Court coordinates the HAALO, Helping Adolescents Achieve Long-Term Objectives, program. Throughout the year, they get to learn about art and how to express themselves through it, and then they share it with the public throughout the summer.
The first mural put up for 2018 in Trotwood is encouraging everyone to stand up against tobacco, but particularly teenagers. The kids who painted the mural have been learning about the effects of tobacco and even went undercover to try to hold store owners and clerks accountable for selling tobacco to minors.
More murals with different messages are also set to be added throughout Dayton and the Miami Valley throughout the summer.