The Issue: “Make Your Mark” Mural
When Jane Addams School was approaching its 50th anniversary, Mary Mathey had an idea. She wanted to create a mural that would not only mark the milestone, but also celebrate the incredible diversity of the students who attend the school. With help from artists of the Greenstar Movement, the faculty and students began the “Make Your Mark” mural, which allows parents, students, and staff to participate in a community art project and make their school theirs. So far, it has been working. According to Jane Addams School, 75% of students surveyed said working on the mural makes others feel good about their school and community, while 35% say working on the mural has directly impacted their grades, confidence, and appreciation of the school.
The Campaign: Providing Materials for the Mural
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Jane Addams School to build a mosaic mural on the front of its building. Every $10 raised will go toward materials such as concrete, glass, and ceramic tiles. The 3-D mural includes a jaguar—Jane Addams’ mascot—as well as flowers and flags to represent the students’ diverse backgrounds. Featured on the mural will be a quote by Jane Addams: “We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius, and courage, and that these can transform the world.” So far, the school has raised $16,000 of the $20,000 needed to complete the mural, requiring only another $4,000 to finish the project.
Jane Addams School
The faculty of Jane Addams School is proud of the environment it fosters. Focusing on instilling knowledge, skills, and independence, it educates elementary-age children for the 21st century. And that student population hints at the diversity the future will likely hold. From various neighborhoods and socio-economic backgrounds, the student body is roughly two-thirds hispanic and one quarter white with significant populations of black, asian, and Native American children. Together, they learn about the world and academics in a safe setting, participating in academics, a Lego robotics league, and sports teams.