Mu­ral project beats bore­dom

LO­CAL BUSI­NESS EN­LISTS STU­DENTS TO PAINT WALL

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THERE is noth­ing worse than be­ing bored, yet for one lo­cal busi­ness bore­dom was the cat­a­lyst to cre­ation with some will­ing stu­dents.

Easy Stor­age Rock­ing­ham en­listed Year 8, 9 and 10 stu­dents from Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School to paint a mu­ral on its walls.

As­sis­tant man­ager Sarah Lewis found the plain white walls of the busi­ness’ stor­age units unin­spir­ing.

“We just had blank walls and with the owner be­ing big on com­mu­nity pro­jects, I thought ‘wouldn’t it be good to have some school kids paint the walls’,” she said.

Teach­ers Dean Fisher and Rocky Davis thought it a great idea that would tie in per­fectly with pro­grams al­ready run­ning at the school.

“It fit­ted with our ‘open book project’ that teaches ap­plied learn­ing through com­mu­nity en­gage­ment,” Mr Fisher said.

“Pre­vi­ously we did bike restora­tion, gar­den­ing and we are look­ing to have stu­dents help out at nurs­ing homes dur­ing win­ter.”

“There has been a real sense of team build­ing with this cross sec­tion of year groups – it’s been great to be a part of.”

Man­ager Steve Wright said they would hap­pily do the task again.

“The kids have been re­ally good; they came up with the de­sign and did a great job dur­ing the six-week pe­riod where they came along about once a week,” he said.

“Our clients have loved it and thought it was great.”

Year 8 stu­dent Cheyanne Bryan thought it the best class of the day.

“Just get­ting out of school and hang­ing out with our friends and paint­ing – that’s what I like,” she said.

Along with Cheyanne, fel­low stu­dents Xavier, Dakota, Ella Michael and Ryleeh put the fi­nal touches on the mu­ral on Tues­day.

Stu­dents, teach­ers and Easy Stor­age staff, in­clud­ing their beloved bear, in front of the colour­ful mu­ral that was com­pleted this week.

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