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New murals brighten up Cooke's lobby

May 12, 2017 

students pose next to the new mural George L. Cooke Elementary School students lobby looks much brighter these days thanks to the school’s students, the Cooke-Rutherford PTO and local artist Joseph Pimentel.

Several years ago, students involved in the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program worked on identifying areas of the school that they thought could be improved. The students ultimately decided that the cafeteria, playground equipment, front of the building and the lobby could all use some sprucing up, and ever since then, the Cooke community has been working on putting these projects into action. In the past few years, the school has added a waste management system, new activities and even a new name to the school’s cafeteria. With help from the PTO, the school added new sign to the front of the building, and the school was awarded three trees through an Earth Day essay contest sponsored by EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) two years ago. Now, an entrance that emulates brightness and optimism from the moment students walk through the door in the morning. Fifth-grade students worked with Mr. Pimentel to design and paint the murals.

“It was truly a team effort,” Principal Sandra Johnson-Fields said. “From the PTO who funded the mural, to the students who saw the potential in brightening up the lobby, to Mr. Pimentel who used his talents and of course, our current fifth-grade students who learned a valuable lesson on leadership, we are so grateful to everyone who helped bring this project to fruition.”

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