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Staff Photo by Glen Jennings
Connor Kobus (back) and Cesar Alvarez put a few fine touches on the skate park's new mural before breaking for food.
Skater boys and girls

One of the first things Zack Hypes taught his student to do was fall.

“Falling’s part of it,” Hypes said. “They’re going to take a slam out here, learn how to get back up and keep going.”

Hypes, an art teacher at East Middle, has created a skate camp for students from Shelby County schools that is equal parts sports camp, community building exercise, arts program and community service project. Students at the camp learn confidence and community.