Wilder students design murals inspired by their thoughts of school


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The stairwell walls at Wilder Elementary are now home to several student-designed murals that capture what their school means to them.

Administrators hosted a school-wide mural contest for students in November. Students across all grade levels as well as those attending Westerville Virtual Academy created artwork for the contest. Assistant Principal Angie Ballinger and art teacher Carol Kamnick reviewed the submissions and chose the winning entries in December. Wilder’s PTA funded the supplies and the school staff started painting their murals in January. The student artists helped complete the murals when they were in person at school last month. 

“The best part of this experience was when students saw their designs on the wall and were able to finish them,” Ballinger said. “The students were unaware that we worked on this while they were remote, so for the artists to come back to school and see their design on the wall was so amazing.”

She said the school plans to add more student-designed murals in the building with support from Wilder’s school counselor, staff and students.