DOWNEY - Utilizing a grant from Downey Federal Credit Union, Warren High School's art club completed a musical-themed mural on campus, located just outside the choir room entrance.The mural is based on a design by choir director Robert Petersen, former student Yesenia Calderon, Michael Bracamontes and art teacher William Russell. Imaginative in look and feel, the mural incorporates the talent of the art and music departments, and depicts all the different choral programs at Warren. Art club students and teachers Nadia Roldan and William Russell worked on the mural for about four months, putting in hours after school and on Saturdays. The mural is the largest on the Warren High campus. "Music lets individuals share their feelings with each other. The mural incorporates all our feelings and allows us to elevate our spirits and urges us to respond through listening, moving and singing," said Petersen, who has taught choir at Warren the past six years, expanding the program to more than 300 students in six separate choirs. In 2011, Downey Federal Credit has provided grants to 35 teachers to "enhance the classroom experience." "We are always excited to see the results of the Student Enrichment Grants," said Barbara Lamberth, president and CEO of the credit union. "The goal of the student enrichment grant program is to provide additional funding for projects that encompass students, faculty and support staff throughout the educational system."
********** Published: July 21, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 14