Knights Ferry School Ben­e­fits From Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teerism

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

Com­mu­nity spirit and vol­un­teerism is alive and well in the com­mu­nity of Knights Ferry. This con­tin­ues to be­come ap­par­ent each year as the start of school lingers and this year was no dif­fer­ent.

Ac­cord­ing to Knights Ferry School Su­per­in­ten­dent/Prin­ci­pal Janet Skulina (Dr. J), four school projects were started and com­pleted due to such ef­forts. The two most vis­i­ble to stu­dents re­turn­ing ear­lier this month were the re-paint­ing of the mul­ti­pur­pose room and cus­tom paint­ing to each of the school doors.

“Th­ese two ac­tiv­i­ties (four if you in­clude the tan bark and sprin­kler sys­tem) had tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence of the work that our fam­i­lies give back to the school all the time,” Dr. J said via email “Whether it’s help­ing paint or help­ing with Span­ish Club or teach­ing art lessons in class. The com­mu­nity can be in­volved in very ac­tive ways here.”

Knights Ferry School kinder­garten teacher Kim McCarthy was the brains be­hind the door paint­ing project. An avid artist her­self, McCarthy shared the idea was in­spired as a means of en­cour­ag­ing artists to uti­lize self-ex­pres­sion.

“Some of the doors that are done here are by artists in our school,” McCarthy said. “It’s kind of a col­lab­o­ra­tion of a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

In early spring of this year, the kinder­garten teacher reached out to a pool of peo­ple she felt might be in­ter­ested via email. Con­tribut­ing artists for the project in­cluded com­mu­nity mem­bers, area artists, KFS alum, teach­ers, par­ents and cur­rent stu­dent body.

The only re­quest by McCarthy was that the doors were school ap­pro­pri­ate and in­spir­ing to stu­dents. With no bud­get to draw from, she also asked that they bring their own out­door paint sup­plies, which they did.

“I didn’t want to ham­per any­body’s per­sonal cre­ativ­ity in the process,” she said of leav­ing the art up to the artist.

Aside from adding beauty to the cam­pus, the teacher set a goal to have it com­pleted by sum­mer’s end, of­fer­ing dates to the vol­un­teers of when the cam­pus would be avail­able.

“Peo­ple just mirac­u­lously showed up to paint them,” she said.

As for the end re­sult, the vi­sion­ary shared, the re­sponse of the stu­dents re­turn­ing to cam­pus was the most grat­i­fy­ing.

TERESA HAM­MOND/THE LEADER

Knights Ferry School teacher and mas­ter­mind of the school door project Kim McCarthy stands be­tween two of the doors painted by artist vol­un­teers. “Teach Peace” at left was painted by Michelle Sturte­vant, while eighth grader Hay­den Cas­saretto and mom Kym used their tal­ents for a pa­tri­otic themed door, at right.

TERESA HAM­MOND/THE LEADER

In­spired by the movie “Up,” this door is one of the many painted by vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and stu­dents of Knights Ferry School this sum­mer to in­spire stu­dents through­out the cam­pus.

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