Those who attended the dedication were (Back row) Left to right: Shelley Rosenstein (art teacher) Natalie Schneider, Mary Kate Girard, Haley Siculan, Sofia Stutz, Carolina Stutz, Mary Jon Girard, art volunteer/grandparent. (Front row): Lucy Wall, Triana Callam and Tabby Spyrison.                  Photo by Mary Mumbrue

Students from the Art Club of Washington School were present at the informal installation for the mural entitled “Show How You Grow.” Ideas shared by 4th and 5th grade students in the club created the motto “Show How You Grow.” Members of the Art Club worked collaboratively on this project once a week from October through April. After April, the club met twice a week to complete the mural.

Other Art Club members (not pictured) who worked on the mural project were: Diana Arce, Ashley Blackwood, Joanna Guerrero, Ashley Jenkins, Mary Kezdy, Kim Jolie, Abra Levin, Kate Linehan, Alexandra Martinez, Itzel Morales and Audrey Wientjes.

The mural is a symbolic representation for all of the various kinds of growth that take place at Washington School; intellectual learning, the community spirit of students, teachers and parent volunteers. The gardens themselves are part of the school curriculum and are tended by students and parent volunteers. 

Washington School art teacher, Shelley Rosenstein, and Mary Jon Girard, artist/volunteer/grandparent, coordinated the project which consisted of 25 raised panels with a finished mural of 7 feet x 11 feet. Roger Girard, volunteer/grandparent, along with Ruben Mendoza, head custodian, worked on the installation of the mural.

The mural shows the images of the gardens, the playground and the school building in front of an image of the globe.