Through co-curricular programs, students have the opportunity to work outside the classroom on art-based community programs. One example is a team of six students who worked with an anti-youth violence agency to create a "national peace sculpture" made out of five thousand toy guns turned in by children across the country. The sculpture is a permanent installation at the Capitol Children s Museum in Washington DC. Students also coordinate an after-school program for second graders, and serve as mentors. Called "Sharing Our Stories," this America Reads program was designed by the College to improve the literacy skills of children through the visual arts. Each year, forty children write stories based on their own lives, and with the help of MassArt students, illustrate and bind them into books. Many MassArt students work on creating murals in collaboration with community agencies throughout the City. Recent mural sites include a Salvation Army daycare center and a pediatric oncology center. All service programs offered by the College provide students with opportunities for meaningful reflection on both issues and their goals for themselves as artists and citizens.