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February 7, 2014

Windham Center School students create jaguar mural

Fifth-graders leave their mark at Center School

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Other people who come to the school for community activities will stop and view the murals.

The murals are each displayed in important focal areas across the school and have meaning to the people of Windham, she said.

With mallets and rolling pins, rubber forms and seashells, students are imprinting the tiles.

Some students will sign the back of tiles, which passersby will never see. No one will know but them.

“They know,” Bates said.

Rossel carefully explained the project, patiently teaching and encouraging his young apprentices.

Their jaguar isn’t designed to look ferocious.

“Do you want to scare students? Probably not,” Rossel told them. “This jaguar is just hanging out and relaxing.”

Olivia Tsetsilas, 10, worked on a leaf for a tree where that jaguar is hanging out.

“I like doing the tiles because it’s fun and cool to decorate the school,” Olivia said.

Sabrina Lippold, 11, also worked on a leaf for the tree.

“I like creating designs. I like art a lot,” Sabrina said.

Her twin brother, Westin, also is participating in the project.

Sabrina said she is definitely looking forward to showing her tile to their parents.

Joe Miceli, 11, is working on sky and used shells to make swirls representing the wind.

“I just like being creative and I’ve been waiting a long time to do this,” Joe said.

He expects he will study biology or zoology when he gets to college, but art will matter in his life.

“It will be one of my pastimes,” Joe said.

For Center School and its students, the murals are a popular tradition.

“It’s been wonderful,” Bates said. “It’s something they know they are going to leave behind as they move to middle school and beyond.”

It’s something that makes each one of them feel a little proud.

“I’m quite honored to have my tile in this,” Joe said.

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