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Murals brighten DES hallways

Students at Dearing Elementary School should have no doubt what department they are in as they are walking the halls of their school. Four new murals with colorful eight-foot letters and corresponding silhouettes spell out each discipline's department.

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Dearing PE teacher Kevin Carr steps out of the gym in front of a large mural.

"It's really creative. It makes it more interesting to come to school, it's not just white walls," said Morgan Mims, fourth grader.

The murals were painted by artist Cole Phail, who has painted murals for the Beech Island Historical Society, First Baptist Church in Augusta, and Norris Elementary School in Thomson.

Principal Laura Hughes said it took Mr. Phail approximately 10 days to complete the murals.

"The students loved watching him do it," Mrs. Hughes said. "They would be amazed at the transitions every day. They would make suggestions to him, and sometimes he would listen to them."

The mural around the media center entrance shows bookshelves on each side of the doors. The books and animals on the shelves include a monkey reading Curious George, a frog sitting on top of The Frog and the Prince, a Georgia Bulldog on one side and - at Mrs. Hughes request - a Florida Gator on the other side.

"It's neat. It looks 3-D, like you can just pick up that monkey," said Sara Kerr, fifth grade teacher.

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DES Principal Laura Hughes poses in front of a painted bookcase.

Over the top of the doors, a sign proclaims "media center" with an illustrated projector shining a light over the letters.

"I thought it would just be bookshelves down the sides. Then when he said he wanted to paint a projector shining on the letters, I couldn't imagine it and I just told him to go with it. Now I could not be more pleased," Mrs. Hughes said.



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