One the opening day of school, Peck Place unveiled a series of beautiful murals designed to bring to life the character education program, C.A.R.I.N.G., which began in 2012 under the direction of past-principal, Al deCant. The words that make up the acronym - Courteous, Achieving, Responsible, Interested, Neighborly, and Growing - help reinforce the underlying message of the importance of good citizenship and community that Peck embodies. The murals were the vision of Peck’s art teacher, Matt Stevens, who worked with sixth grade students to illustrate the core concepts of this character education program. The details of the project are extraordinary.
Students created teams, selected one of the character education words, and took photographs of their team acting out the concept. The students then voted on the one photograph that best embodied each word. The mural illustrations are based on those student-generated photographs. Each sixth grader was also responsible for designing and painting at least one title letter for each mural. The color schemes (warm colors, cool colors, primary colors, etc.) visually tie the elements together. Additionally, the borders are comprised of hundreds of fingerprints from Peck Place students, teachers, and staff. (Click here to view the murals.)
This summer, the resulting six murals were framed and placed around the main circle hallway, visually expressing Peck Place’s dedication to a learning environment combining academic excellence and creativity with a strong sense of community.
Future plans include visually linking the murals together with a “path” of written reflections about the core concepts of character education.