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Aug 7, 2011 3:38 PM by Andy Koen

Pueblo man spruces up school statue

When students at Central High School in Pueblo go back to class this fall, they'll find a cherished piece of artwork greeting them in a shiny new coat of paint. Pueblo resident Matt Capritta spent the morning repainting the base of the wildcat statue in front of the school, with the school's permission of course.

He graduated from Central in 1974 and his class built the base as a senior gift. The statue itself was donated by another Central alum, former Pueblo dentist Ronald Moreschini.

Capritta says he was disheartened to see how badly the statue had deteriorated over the years and decided to do something about it.

"I hope they appreciate it," Capritta said. "I've still got pride in my school and I hope they do too, 37 years after they graduate."

The first day of school at Central and all of the Pueblo City Schools is August 23rd.

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