Nov. 30, 2020 -- Since October, the staff of Beachwood Elementary has been working hard on a community mural to spread joy and positivity throughout the halls. Under the direction of art teacher Karen Pomeroy, the mural started as an idea to bring staff together and unwind before and after school.
“We were looking for ways for staff to find balance in what has been an extremely unique school year,” said Principal Kim Muir. “This project allowed staff to find a creative outlet while giving our students something exciting to come back to.”
Working to maintain health and safety guidelines, staff members were invited to sign up in small groups to paint over the course of several weeks.
Supervisor Jim Klass shared, “It was a breath of fresh air to see teachers interacting with one another. The project allowed teachers to create, collaborate, and share a few (much needed) laughs, too.”
Included in the mural are approximately 50 hidden paw prints, similar to the “Hidden Mickeys” found throughout Disney World. Principal Muir wanted to include an interactive element to the mural that would engage students and bring an additional layer of excitement.
Principal Muir shared that during this time, it is important to “Be a part of something bigger than yourself,” a quote that will be displayed as part of the mural to commemorate this team effort.