By Eli Lanehart
When walking through the halls, students may look around and see a random collection of brush strokes residing on the brick walls that were once bare. These brush strokes contain bits and pieces of Red Lion history and the dedication of the artists that created them. This artwork is something that will unite the past with the present; a mural of Red Lion’s history in the form of a timeline.
This idea was brewed by the PRIDE committee of the Red Lion faculty, predominately Mr. Cooley, Mr. Vanada, and Mr. Schmehl. These three teachers took off on a branch of PRIDE to carry teach students more about the history of Red Lion. It was then carried out by the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
“Mr. Vanada, myself, and Mr. Schmehl said that if we are really concerned with connecting our students, why don’t we take an offshoot on PRIDE, ” said Cooley. “I know that it fits with PRIDE as far as connecting with students but is not associated with their behavior and such. It’s more along the lines of; there’s a lot of kids here that don’t know how they got here or what was before them.”
In addition to the murals being completed this year, NAHS wishes to continue the project for years to come.
“Hopefully each year, new groups of students will have their own installment,” said Keely Bluett, NAHS president. “It will be visual, educational, and our hallway will no longer be white.”
Along with Keely, several other NAHS members have taken part in this activity. They include Troy Nazarenus, Ashlyn Smith, and Zaire Roberts. Supporting and helping to orchestrate the painting is Mrs. McBrien, NAHS advisor.
“The three primary painters want to get this done before the end of this school year, because they are all seniors, so we have to come in on Saturdays and after school,” said McBrien. “So far, Mr. Vanada and I are the Saturday adult people and sometimes Mr. Hopkins comes in.”
This whole rendition on Red Lion’s history will eventually become a quintessential history lesson for all students when they walk through the halls; making them aware of what came before dear old Red Lion High.
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