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June 4, 2018-- East Dover Elementary School art teachers Julie Heise and Karen Pomeroy worked together with Toms River community artist Yvonne Yaar on a school mural project that took flight in August 2017 and which was unveiled during a special school ceremony June 1. The three panels consist of beautiful butterflies and flowers. Students and staff carefully painted the cloth and learned the process of murals and color contrast. The mural was installed in the outdoor learning area which was built in 2016-17 with the help of the Ocean First Model Classroom Grant and the Grunin Foundation Principal's Challenge grant. According to the school, "The students are happy to have an area to learn and explore. Having this mural perfectly captures learning at its best. We all 'grow and change' throughout our journey as a student. There is no limit to what students, staff and families can do when we all work together."

ED mural

From left to right: Supervisor JoAnn Nocera; art teacher Julie Heise; Toms River artist Yvonne Yaar; and art teacher Karen Pomeroy stand in front of the school's latest installation-- a three-panel mural completed by students and staff. To view a slideshow of the project's progress, click below.