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Pollard Middle School mural inspired by G.R.E.A.T. project

Posted Friday, April 22, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Through a project by a group of seventh graders, the dining room at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School now has a large mural with its mascot, the mustang.

Five seventh graders chose to create a mural as their G.R.E.A.T. community project that students chose to do during the G.R.E.A.T. program. The group was comprised of Maddie Miller, Sarah Morehouse, Rebecca Perry, Jordan Pollard, and Holly Thacker.

Seventh graders in Chatham County Schools complete the G.R.E.A.T. program in partnership with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. G.R.E.A.T. is an acronym for Gang Resistance Education and Training. School resource officers teach the program that provides students with tools to avoid delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

After getting permission from their principal to paint a mural with the school mascot in the cafeteria dining room, the girls met multiple days to plan the details of the project. Michael Brown, an area artist, donated some supplies and expert advice to the students in the process. The girls painted over a ten-hour period on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Their parents and Brown lent support and resources during the painting process.

“The G.R.E.A.T. program is a good program for the seventh grade students. They seem to take it to heart. This project is an example of that. I’m proud of every student who does a community project, whether it is big or small, because of their initiative. I’m thankful for the support the students are getting from the school, their parents, and the community,” commented Deputy Kyle Smith, the school resource officer at Pollard and a G.R.E.A.T. instructor.

Other examples of G.R.E.A.T. community projects have included charitable fundraisers, community service projects, working at the PTA Thrift Shop, and presentations.

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Dining room at Margaret Pollard Middle School now has a large mural with a mustang mascot.
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