Every new school year is a fresh start, and this year St. James is starting off with a fresh coat of paint. Over the summer Five Points received a facelift, and now students can look at a beautiful undersea scene while rushing to class, grabbing some snacks or chatting with friends.
The school has been adding splashes of blue in the hall ways for the past few years to make our halls more inviting, but this new mural is by far the most intricate addition. The artist behind the mural is Horry County’s own Christian Rabon, an art teacher at Aynor Elementary.
While some students zoom right by the mural on their way to class, some students really appreciate the change. Junior Jenn White said, “It’s awesome… it shows an appreciation for the arts and seeing it every morning makes me happier about being here.”
“I really like that they took the time to add a mural,” said senior Brianna Barnes. She expressed that “the mural gives [her] more pride in St. James because it makes the school look nicer.”
Most students, when asked about the mural, think a more beautiful campus enhances school spirit. There are many studies that indicate that students learn better and are happier in an aesthetically pleasing environment. A study by the University of Georgia showed that there was “a significant enhancement of student achievement in school buildings of higher aesthetic standards” (see Influence of the Physical Environment on Student Behavior and Achievement).
So by investing in a prettier Five Points we could enhance student achievement and have a more contented student body. So next time you’re walking by Five Points, fighting with the snack machine that just will not take your dollar, take a minute to appreciate the artwork and the benefit it brings to our students and faculty.