Ocean City Today

Students create murals to promote kindness, positivity

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27, 2017) Foreign Language Club students at Stephen Decatur High School said the significant amount of negativity they noticed in their school was the catalyst for the creation of three large murals promoting kindness and positive changes in the world.

After talking in a French III class, the students realized they all had similar opinions and wanted to make a positive change by designing and painting murals to effectively share their ideas with others, which is when the “Art for Society” project was created.

The first mural encourages people to pay-it-forward by performing acts of kindness for others. The second offers commentary on over-industrialization and the third explains how diversity helps civilization by using instruments in an orchestra as a metaphor.

Students peeled, primed and painted the murals after school hours to ensure they would be finished before the end of the school year. The murals are displayed in public school buildings throughout Worcester County.

The purpose of the murals was to “empower students to be vehicles of positive change in the world and when they see something they do not like, it will encourage them to go out and make a positive difference,” Darlene McCann, Stephen Decatur High School French teacher, said.

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