Murals going on display in Ruskin tell story of students, their school

SUN CITY — When Kayla McDonald finds herself angry or depressed, she turns to art.

“It’s my getaway,” she said, taking a break from her work on a mural that will go on display in downtown Ruskin.

Diagnosed as bipolar at a young age, Kayla said she dropped out of school twice before moving to Ruskin.

“I had been bullied,” she said. “Finally, my mom decided enough was enough and we moved to Ruskin and discovered the South County Career Center,” an alternative school for students seeking a second chance at an education.

The mural she and 24

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