Gladewater Students Paint Murals On Walls Of Truman W. Smith

Art will greet patients of Truman W. Smith when they return later this week. Gladewater High School students have worked for weeks, after school and even on weekends, painting murals on the walls the hospital.

Truman W. Smith was damaged by fire last December and the patients have been displaced ever since. Now, they're getting ready to go back home and will enter a world of fantasy.

The Gladewater High School art students created Cinderella and Snow White, and yes, there's SpongeBob SquarePants, too. Across the hall, are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

"This is like one of the shortest rooms we've done. It's only taken us a few days," says Vanessa Lawson.

These art students are doing it all for the right reasons.

"I want to do this for the kids and just to lend a helping hand to the community," says Sasha Summers.

"To think that this would help all of the children that actually live here, help make their stay a little more enjoyable. It just makes you feel really good inside," says Vanessa.

They've worked hard and their art teacher is proud.

"The kids have been there every afternoon. They've volunteered their time in the evening, all days on Saturdays and an occasional Sunday afternoon. I think it's pretty remarkable for a group of teenagers to donate this much time for a cause," says Brenda Kelley.

The patients of Truman W. Smith are scheduled to return Saturday. All of the supplies to paint the murals were donated by the community.

Amy Tatum, reporting.