PIECES OF THE PUZZLE — Pictured are the Lake Shore Middle School students who participated in creating a mural with local artist and graduate Ramon Dennis. Photos submitted by Jen Osborne Coy.
LAKE SHORE — A transformation has taken place on the sixth grade floor of the Lake Shore Middle School.
With support from Lake Shore graduate and local artist Ramon Dennis, a number of students worked together to create a 40-foot by 10-foot wall mural consisting of five puzzle pieces connected by a tree branch.
Each puzzle piece tells a story of the past, present and future, by depicting the stated idea of partnering within a global community, as well as individuals within the school community.
A number of sixth grade students worked with Dennis, to create and execute the design. The students learned artistic techniques of mural painting; Dennis also spoke to them about following their dreams, no matter the obstacle.
Despite a childhood accident that resulted in the loss of Dennis’s hands, he is living his stated dream of being an artist.
“Every time I walk by our mural, it makes me smile.” said sixth grade student Elisabeth Van Scoter. “ I think working on the mural helped me and other students feel connected to the school a little more. It felt more like a school project, working on the mural, than just a class gift. I really want to do one again. ”
“Working with Ray was a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone,” said student Michael Hamm. “I was amazed at what Ray could do.”
Support for the mural originated from the classes of 2019 and 2020 officers.