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March 10, 2014

Strokes of creativity

Riverside School mural reflects student pride


Friday’s activity set the stage for Persall’s work with students this week.

While the students’ mini-mural will be created on a panel and hung at the school, their ideas will influence the rail trail mural’s design.

“The actual mural that will be downtown, that will be on the rail trail, is being designed by Persall and a committee of townspeople,” Verhoosky said. “It’s one of the main reasons we wanted to do this, we wanted to make this a community project, and we really wanted to be able to incorporate students from every level into the project.”

Art teacher Amy Groberio said students last week brainstormed what images and messages they wanted on their murals.

“Today, they are taking some of those messages and blowing them up big so everyone can see their message,” Groberio said. Two fifth-grade classes are working on the mural, trying to incorporate many ideas into one.

When the mural is done, a river will run through it.

“So, Riverside, we are by the river ... the river is a landmark they wanted to show,” Groberio said.

“We are making a mural about Danvers and all the landmarks in Danvers,” said Kyara Croteau, 11. Why are they making the mural? “To show all the things about Danvers and what Danvers does and what Danvers has.”

“It is pretty cool, I can say that,” said Evan Conti, 11, about the mural that will eventually be hung in the school. His artwork on Friday included drawing “rocks and ducks and fish in the river.”

The Riverside School community is also helping to raise money for the project, called the Danvers Healthy Community Mural Project. Other partners include Lahey Health, the Target Foundation and the Danvers Rotary.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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