Create a Mural
Level of Effort
Work with an art class or a local studio to design a mural that shows off the school's sustainability features. Allow the students and the rest of the community to lend a hand. You can spend the day painting or if you have already finished the mural, you can unveil the finished product during an open house, potluck picnic or festival.
First talk to the school principal to get permission. Describe the message you’d like the mural to portray and where it should go, and work together to identify a team of staff and parents to help. Think about high-traffic places where lots of people will see it, such as the main entrance, a long hallway or outdoors on the playground (even on the blacktop itself).
- Work with the school’s art teacher, custodial team and/or local vendors to determine what kind of paint you’ll need on your chosen surface.
- Once the outline of the mural is up, recruit students, staff and families to come out and help paint.
- Plan a day of other activities like live music and games so people will have fun. You can also provide plenty of healthy snacks. If you have a professional artist helping with the installation, plan a big event for revealing the finished work to the community.