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Last year, South School redesigned it's library and the Roots To Grow project provides students, teachers, and staff the opportunity to “own” a piece of it as each contributes to the collaborative mosaic mural. On Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th, the South School community started the creation of the clay mosaic mural, called "Roots to Grow," depicting a lively forest scene, built from approximately 600 individual clay pieces designed and created by each student.

The collaborative mural will support the sense of community created in the recently redesigned library. Each student made a piece of the landscape mural – trees, water, wildlife, etc. The students shaped the clay, painted a glaze color, and then inscribed a message or meaningful insignia into the colored glaze. The separate pieces of clay will attach to three sturdy wooden frames to create a forest facing into the library.

The community mural will support ongoing library programs and will be an integral part of the space, with bookshelves and messaging boards installed adjacent to it.

A very big thank you to project coordinator, Donna McLean, who has championed this project for over a year now and was instrumental in this vision, securing the artist, helping to fund it with a grant, and coordinating every aspect! We would also like to thank photographer, Zohar Mamet, Janice Chapman, Beth Kennedy and all our parent volunteers!

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Here is a gallery of other photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/q8EKGkQs4aZF44KPA

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