"Be the KIND Kid,” "You Matter", "BElieve in YOUrself", "This School is Powered by Kindness,” and "The more you love yourself for what makes you unique, the more you can love others for what makes them different.”
These empowering words now serve as inspiration to all who enter Richland Elementary School with our new mural wall. Principal Jenna Sloan had the idea of muraling the wall as a way to bring the building to life and inspire kids and adults. She then collaborated with Mrs. Katie Laslavic and the Richland Elementary School PTO to start brainstorming in November 2021. The adults in the building had the opportunity to submit quotes that they felt would be positive and encouraging to our learners. Then, the students voted on those quotes, as well as different activities they wanted represented on the wall (math, reading, diversity, kindness, Pittsburgh), and the ram design that represents our PR mascot.
The PTO helped us secure Artist Michelle Kee as our artist, who travelled from Atlanta, Georgia on February 16, 2022, and got started on the transformation. February 23rd was the big reveal to staff and students. It definitely serves as a source of both inspiration and pride for ALL who enter Richland Elementary School!
Click on the video below to see how excited students were!