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Fountaindale students create mural for school courtyard makeover project

July 09, 2012
  • Standing in front of the wall mural at Fountaindale Elementary School are, from left, Tania Garcia Munoz, Loderique Gordon, Logan Barrett, Emmalee Ballard and Abby Williams.
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As part of Fountaindale Elementary School’s courtyard makeover project, the PTA requested a mural be painted that fit the makeover theme of “Learn, Thrive, Soar.”

Sketches and concepts were submitted to art teacher Sara Minnick by students, and the winning design was created by fifth-grade student Emmalee Ballard. Her design represents a girl's streaming thoughts as she goes back to what she learned when she was in school.

All of the images in the film strip frames represent the knowledge and experiences students need in order to learn, thrive and soar after they take the information they have learned and put it to good use after they leave Fountaindale Elementary School.

The design started as a small pencil sketch and eventually became a 15-by-9-foot mural.

Lowe’s gave the students a discount on supplies and the local Sherwinn-Willams paint store donated outdoor house paint for the students to use.

The wood was cut and the mural was hung on the brick wall by Dwight Karkan, owner  of Organized by Dwight, a local business.

All of the artwork was created by students from many classes and grade levels, which is one of the great things about the mural design. It offered opportunities for input from multiple students.

Five fifth-grade students in particular put in an extra amount of work on the project. They called themselves the Mural Magicians and include Loderique Gordon, Tania Garcia Munoz, Abby Williams, Ballard and Logan Barrett.  

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