Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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by Kathleen Schipano
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.

12 comments:

  1. Katie,
    I really enjoyed your article. I think it was a great idea to cover the new mural because its something that a lot of students can appreciate!

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  2. This is really well written Katie! I like the humor about the snack machine not taking dollars at the end. I agree the new murals are really interesting, and I'm glad they did them.

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  3. Great photography work Kathleen! You did a wonderful job with the humor and making a clear understanding of your point

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  4. OMG THIS PAINTING IS AMAZWING!!! Last Year i remember coming to this boring inapporiate word school seeing the blank wall..... It was awful. But now it has PAZZAZZZZZZ!!!!! - Shaun

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  5. Its sad i still haven't seen the mural. I really like the article and I think its cool that they gave the school a new fresh of paint.

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  6. The mural was a great addition. Good article topic, everybody can relate to it because we all see the painting!
    -Anastasia

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  7. Very well written Katie. The new mural was a great topic and I liked how you put a little humor near the end

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  8. i love the new mural Kathleen, even though i wasn't here to see it blank i think it gives the whole room a better look. Awesome artical!

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  9. I love the new mural, it's really great to see something like this. It feels like our students are full of school spirit this year.

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  10. I really enjoy being able to see art work on the walls! It helps our school come to life.

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  11. I love all the new art around the school! It makesit more welcoming and intertesting to like at.

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  12. What a wonderful article by Katie Schipano. Well said!

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