Things just got a little brighter on Liberty Street.
Six current and former Sheffield Area Middle High School art students and three teachers have just finished making McKissock's walls a bit more interesting.
"We're trying to make the atmosphere uplifting," said Debra Smith, who works in human resources at McKissock. "We decided the area downstairs would be a good place to display that."
Times Observer photo by Jacob Perryman
Students and alumni (from left) Vicki Isenberg, Jenna Meddock, Sabrina Spencer, Juli Ely and Jaylin Mead along with (not shown) student Megan Deming and teachers Cindy Hartburg, Jessica Salapeck and Ashlee Sprandle from Sheffield Middle High School spent time over four days of winter break completing a mural for McKissock’s offices on Liberty Street.
The Sheffield students have redone an entire wall downstairs at McKissock, trading drab white for a vibrant mural highlighting McKissock's core values and mission statement.
The project started, according to Smith, when McKissock solicited design ideas from high school art classes across the county. When the designs came in; the commission, and the accompanying prize, was awarded to Sheffield.
The accompanying prize money, according to Smith, is intended to further educational goals. One of the student's teachers, Cindy Hartburg, is in charge of how the money will be utilized.
To complete the mural, students and alumni Vicki Isenberg, Jenna Meddock, Sabrina Spencer, Juli Ely, Jaylin Mead and Megan Deming; and teachers Hartburg, Jessica Salapeck and Ashlee Sprandle; took time over four days of their winter break to work on the project.
"I think they didn't realize how big a project it was," Hartburg said.
The students agreed it was worth the effort.
"It was a really great experience," Mead said. "A really good working experience."