2002-06-22 / Community

The Seaside School Embraces Diversity

The Seaside School Embraces Diversity

Fifth grade students at P.S. 225 – The Seaside School gathered together to celebrate the unveiling of a collaborative mural, which they created, as part of the School Arts Rescue Initiative. The mural proudly hangs outside the auditorium for all to see. Fortunately, P.S. 225 was one of the schools selected by the district for this special project. The program was sponsored through a grant from The New York Times. Four classes participated in the program, which was an outgrowth of September 11 events.

The girls and boys worked with resident artist Elizabeth Zans from Studio In a School. They learned to express themselves through art and experimented with different materials and techniques. The young artists sketched, designed, collaborated, cut, pasted, and painted until their creation was finished.

The mural is entitled "Celebrating the Diversity of Our Community." It reflects living together, working together, helping each other, accepting each other, and understanding how our differences contribute to the wonderful seaside community in which they reside.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and guests attended a special ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the artwork. The children also had an opportunity to express their personal feelings and sense of accomplishment during the course of the project. Congratulations go out to Mrs. Basil & 5-325, Ms. Rizzo & 5-302, Mrs. Barfield & 5-324, and Ms. Tyrie & 5-304 on a job well done.

The program was coordinated and facilitated by Deborah Levine, instructional specialist. Principal Matthew P. Melchiorre addressed the crowd and expressed his great appreciation for the outstanding work done by all the aspiring participants.

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