Day after day, Christina Lebron walked through the gloomy hallways of her Brooklyn high school, the drab beige walls somehow magnifying her depressing life in the crime-riddled neighborhood of East New York. She had heard about students painting the hallways bright yellows and greens and reds but wanted nothing to do with them -- until she saw the splattering and rolling. "What really grabbed me is that people were interacting," says Lebron. "There was music playing, and everyone was smiling and laughing. I said, 'I'm going to come paint with you guys.'"
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