High school students create mural of diversity and peace

PHOTO PROVIDED Recent South Williamsport Area High School graduates created the mural at Central Elementary School.

Walls at Central Elementary School got a mural makeover by four high school students to celebrate diversity and peace.

Recent South Williamsport Area High School graduates Rebecca Nash, McGwire Molino, Michelle Hunter and Billy Kline created the diversity mural.

The group worked together to create the concept that would bring positive change to the community, Molino said. They thought diversity was a good message that would impact the students.

“Diversity is an important message,” he said. “We want everyone to feel welcomed at school and to learn in a positive atmosphere.”

Kathy Furman, Central principal, is glad to have the artwork in a hallway where every student will get to see it.

During the preliminary stages of the project, the four spoke with Central students about what they think diversity is. The Earth, hands and tree all were ideas from those students. The children also got to make their mark by putting their handprints on the mural.

It has an ombre of red, orange and yellow with students’ handprints that meet in the center with hands forming a circle around the words, “come together.” Nash, who primarily worked on painting the mural, said it symbolizes that everyone has to work together to make peace a reality.

On the other wall, there is a line of children painted in different colors that lead to a child looking through a telescope to see the Earth. They are looking into the future to see a peaceful world.

She used different colors to paint the kids to show that everyone is unique in their own way.

“Kids can make a difference to create a more unified Earth which is what this whole mural symbolizes,” Nash said. “If they come together in unity, then they will be on the path to peace.”

She hopes the students will be inspired by the artistry in the mural as well as its message.

The high school group said it was exciting to begin planning last year then see their ideas forever painted on the walls of Central.

“These kids are leaving a legacy with a positive message for future students who will walk these halls,” Furman said.

She hopes teachers will discuss the mural’s meaning with their students in the fall.