I ventured over the border into Council District 4 to join the Silver Lake artists' collective known as the Silver Lakers, school officials at Thomas Starr King Middle School, and the school's drill team to dedicate "The Lion and the Lotus," a new mural that now adorns a corner of the school’s auditorium. The Silver Lakers work to promote the arts in the area and surrounding communities. Too often, art programs get left out of our educational system. Groups like the Silver Lakers work to reverse this trend by providing projects and programs like "The Lion and the Lotus," providing encouragement for local students and pride and beautification in the community for years to come. Thank you to the students and administrators of King Middle School, the Office of Community Beautification, and, of course, my colleague Tom LaBonge.