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May 17, 2016
FRESH COAT OF GREEN PAINT FOR HAMPTON JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL
Collaboration Inspires Students to Write Short Stories About the Greenbelt
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation partnered with faculty and students to create a colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural at Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington.
Mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley guided all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 in expressing themselves through art, while educating the young participants about the importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt through experiential learning. Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.
“The mural is a fantastic depiction of Wilmot Creek,” said Principal Jennifer Sampson. “Several children are on the edge of the creek, while a bridge, trees and many forms of wildlife complete this terrific work of art.”
On Wednesday, May 18, students will be presented with a Friend of the Greenbelt certificate to celebrate the completion of their mural. Learning about the Greenbelt while painting the mural has inspired the students to write short stories about the scene they created, which some students will be sharing at Wednesday’s presentation.
This is the first mural produced in Clarington by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Previous murals have been completed in Uxbridge, York, and Halton regions. Overall, the Foundation has been involved in the completion of 34 murals across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, increasing awareness about the nearly two million acres of protected farmland, green space, and natural heritage sites.
“We are pleased to partner with schools across the Greenbelt to create vibrant and unique murals,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “This mural will remind students of the Greenbelt’s natural beauty, which is protected for all Ontarians to enjoy and explore.”
“The students created an extraordinary story in paint about the rich joys of living in Ontario’s Greenbelt,” said artist Patty Bowman Kingsley. “I’m proud to have worked with a school so committed to our environment.”
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext. 306