By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Pierce Street Elementary School’s cafeteria soon will have a new adornment, thanks to a group of Tupelo High seniors.
Mary Dalton Parker, Mollie Houin, Destinee Jones, Maddie Russell and Sam Smallwood created a mural as their senior project and will donate it to the school. Its design features the school’s lion mascot, as well as books, a guitar, computer, music notes and other designs.
All Tupelo High School seniors must complete a senior project in their English-4 class as a requirement of graduation. The students work in groups and create a product, which generally has an element of community service.
This group’s focus, Parker said, was to promote art in the Tupelo Public School District.
“Kids involved with art classes have higher GPAs and less stress,” she said.
On Thursday, the five visited the third- to fifth-grade school and worked with the elementary students, who helped paint the frame for the mural.
“The children love to work on big projects,” said Pierce Street art teacher Miley Wise. “They get tired of the small stuff, so having the opportunity to work on something big means a lot.”
Wise said her pupils enjoyed getting to interact with the older students. The seniors said the experience was fun for them too.
“Everyone here is happy, and in high school, it isn’t always like that,” Houin said.