Students and staff at Grantham Elementary will have a surprise in store when they come back to school on August 25, thanks to the hard work and creativity of the Grantham 21st Century Summer Program. One hallway wall in Grantham has something a little more special than any other – and this unique feature is here to stay. A mural painted in hues of green and yellow portrays an outdoor scene with life-size student silhouettes.
Thanks to the leadership of 21st Century Program Director, Lisa Brouwer-Thompson, roughly a dozen students participating in the after-school program’s summer camp had the special fortune of leaving a lasting mark on their school. In just one week, students painted in silhouettes featuring children and their chosen passions. The mural is centered around student interests, such as reading, archery, science, gymnastics, math, music, dance, and more.
Grantham 21st Century Site Coordinator, Courtney Lightfield, collaborated with the school’s GAP Director, Patti Lee, and Lisa Brouwer-Thompson to complete the mural.
“We chose this theme of student interests because at Grantham we look at students as more than just students,” Lightfield states. “We want to help them grow in all aspects of their life, and we felt this was important to represent in our mural.”
Lisa also recruited the help of two older student artists to paint the mural in an impressive three days. Katie Mostoller is an incoming senior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, and Danica Marlin, begins her junior year as an art major at Whitworth College in Spokane.
Courtney is quick to point out that Grantham’s students come with some serious art skills already, thanks to their participation in the school's Grizzlies Arts Program (GAP).
The 21st Century before and after-school program is now in its fourth year of a five-year grant. The free, academic enrichment program is one of the many unique benefits Grantham students enjoy.
If you haven’t already, stop by Grantham Elementary to visit the beautiful work of art by our talented Grizzly artists. Look for an in-depth video coming this winter to the Clarkston website, featuring enrichment activities and programs that benefit all Clarkston students.