Saturday Oct. 21, in conjunction with Harvest Fest, Toms River Regional Schools proudly unveiled its student mural in honor of the novel Station Eleven and Toms River's NEA Big Read.

Art teacher Jill Hawthorne led a team of intermediate and high school Arts Academy students, who worked over the course of weeks to design and complete the project. The mural is at 53 Main Street downtown, the vestibule in between the Business Improvement District (BID) offices and its collection of popular indoor storefront shops.

On hand for the unveiling were Hawthorne; High School North's Arts Academy Principal Christopher Madigan; 6-12 Director of Curriculum Norma DeNoia; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Marc Natanagara; Executive Director of Downtown Toms River Nick Zorojew; and Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher.

The mural was constructed in three panels to honor the graphic novel theme contained within Station Eleven. Although it has street visibility, the town and school district welcome all downtown visitors to step inside 53 Main Street to check out the mural up close.

Addition to the downtown arts scene


From left to right: Norma DeNoia; Christopher Madigan; Jill Hawthorne; and Nick Zorojew