LaKia Echols (second from right), of MakeMyMotherProud, is presented with a $1000 Love Your Block grant from Joe Eastman (third from left), a project coordinator for the Citizens Committee for New York, at a meeting at the Far Rockaway Library on March 17. The funds will be used to paint a mural on the white wall outside Bayswater Park in June. The contest for youth to submit a design for the mural has been extended through March 30. Artwork can be submitted through email or left at the Far Rockaway Library in an envelope marked MMMP Art Contest. All submissions must include contact information. Residents or businesses who want to volunteer to take part can contact Echols at 646-373-9683 or email makemymotherproudorg@yahoo.com. Also pictured are (left to right): Jenisha Smith, Tynasia Boykins, Ira Fason and Brenda Fearnot. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg. 53p1.jpg

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