LAKE PLACID - Outgoing third-graders at St. Agnes School have left their fellow students and teachers with a colorful gift: a mural on the side of the school's brick walls.
The three third-grade students, who will wrap up their studies at St. Agnes this week, spent Monday afternoon working on the mural, which depicted a combination of the three ideas they picked: heaven, space and a rainbow over St. Agnes.
The school's principal, Catherine Bemis, said the painting of the mural will become an annual tradition for graduating third-graders. This year's class includes Ava Day, Jasmine Bujold and Joy Cooper.
Graduating third-graders at St. Agnes School in Lake Placid paint a mural for their class gift. From left are Ava Day, Jasmine Bujold and Joy Cooper.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
"The mural gets to stay up for a year," Bemis told the Enterprise. "It's sort of a class gift, something created by the children that they came up with themselves."
The children started working on the mural at about noon Monday, during recess. By 3 p.m., they were nearly finished - and they didn't have any help from adults at the school.
Bemis said the three children came up with individual designs, and the rest of the school voted to merge them.
"The group idea is always the most popular," she said.
This school year, St. Agnes ran a pre-kindergarten program, and had students in kindergarten through third grade. In past years, the school also had fourth- and fifth-graders, but they were dropped in order to deal with changing enrollment numbers.
Bemis said the new class format worked out great.
"It was a really wonderful year," she said. "Our pre-K program expanded and is full. And the age 3 to grade three format is really cohesive for the kids."