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BUSD Horace Mann Child Development Center Gains New Murals

Burbank Unified School District officials unveiled new murals created by Nickelodeon interns at the Horace Mann Child Development Center on Thursday, April 13. The murals decorate the front of the child care center and the art shed, located on the playground.

Perla Leyvas, Supervisor of the Horace Mann Child Development Center, worked with the spring semester Nickterns to develop the murals.

(L) Stephanie Fields (Coordinator-Child Development Department), Sarah Yi (Nickelodeon Intern), Bird Banfe (Nickelodeon Intern), Annalisa Race (Nickelodeon Intern), Isaiah Kim (Nickelodeon Intern), Caitlin Gillman (Nickelodeon Intern), Peter Knapik (Director of Elementary Education) (R) Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We wanted to include a deer since it is our school mascot,” Leyvas explained. “I also wanted nature to be depicted since our school has the beautiful hills as a backdrop and we are fortunate to see many wildlife roaming the hills.”

“I wanted ‘imagination’ to also be part of the design,” Leyvas added, noting Horace Mann Child Development center serves children ages three months to four years of age.

The Nickterns submitted six different mural designs for Leyvas’ consideration and “it was a difficult decision to choose only two, because all the designs were wonderful.”

(L) Stephanie Fields (Coordinator-Child Development Department), Perla Leyvas (Supervisor – Horace Mann), Annalisa Race (Nickelodeon Intern), Isaiah Kim (Nickelodeon Intern), Sarah Yi (Nickelodeon Intern), Caitlin Gillman (Nickelodeon Intern), Bird Banfe (Nickelodeon Intern), Peter Knapik (Director of Elementary Education) (R) Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The young children at the Center were very excited and inspired, watching the Nickterns stenciling the mural layout on the shed.

The youngsters asked for chalk “so that they too could draw while the interns were sketching. Each day the children watched in awe as the murals progressed,” Leyvas said.

The Nickterns worked from April 3 through April 12 on the murals, spending most days on site until 8:00 p.m.

“We are so grateful to Nickelodeon for the murals, and once the construction is completed and we move to our building we can’t wait for everyone to see the mural in the front of our school.”

Bret Harte Elementary School Unveils School Mural, Buddy Benches

Students and staff at Bret Harte Elementary School celebrated the completion of a new school mural on Tuesday, April 26. The mural was created through a collaboration by the school’s Student Council and the Nickterns, college-age interns at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank.

Bret Harte Elementary students were also surprised with the donation of two Buddy Benches by the studio.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Fifth-graders at the school chose the theme and met several times with the Nickterns to discuss their ideas for the murals, according to Martha Walter, Bret Harte Elementary School Principal.

The Student Council put “a lot of work and heart into the mural planning,” she said.

Nickterns, Nickelodeon staff and Burbank Unified district staff met with Student Council, teachers, and parent representatives from Bret Harte PTA and Boosters in the school library before the mural unveiling ceremony.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have been thrilled to work with the Nickterns. Our Student Council presented their ideas for a theme to the staff from Nickeoldeon, and all agreed on a theme of peace and understanding,” commented Walter. “Seeing the interaction between the interns and the kids was wonderful, especially seeing kids learn about how they can express their creative interests and hear their hopes to someday work in a position like the Nickterns.”

“The Nickterns interpretations of the theme were all beautiful, we appreciate the thought that went into each one. The finished mural will long be a reminder to all of the children at Bret Harte to express their creativity and to model the theme of peace and understanding.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The presentation of the Buddy Benches were a lovely surprise from Nickelodeon,” Walter added.”They remembered the students asking for them, then presented them with two at the presentation yesterday.”

“The kids were so pleased that the Nickterns, Ms. Wu and Mr. Carson heard their request and fulfilled it. I think more than one creative Bret Harte student is looking forward to possibly being a Nicktern in the future.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns Kick Off School Year With McKinley Elementary Mural

McKinley Elementary School students began school on Monday with a colorful new mural on campus. Created by Nickelodeon’s current group of college interns, or Nickterns, the mural was formally celebrated with a school-wide assembly on Thursday, August 20.

“The intention was to represent teamwork,” said Nicktern Lauren Patterson, who designed the mural. “We want the students to look at the mural and be inspired to work and play together.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Nickterns spent many hours during the week of August 10 through 14 creating the artwork at the school site.

Nickelodeon’s current group of Nickterns include: Tenaya Anue (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Andranik Aslanyan (Woodbury University), Victoria Bachurska (Vassar College), Natalie Bacon (Loyola Marymount University), Morgan Bailey Keaton (DePaul University), Gabrielle Bricker-DeCaro (University of Michigan), Raj Brueggemann (University of Michigan), Kassey Cordova (Woodbury University), Katherine Duffy (University of Southern California (USC)), Jasmine Eusebio (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Jonathan Finn-Gamino (California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)), Emily Fitzpatrick (University of Pennsylvania), Audrey Gray (Indiana University), Kacie Hermanson (New York University (NYU)), Davey Jarrell (University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC)), Nathanael Jones (University of Washington), Carly Kaplan (Emerson College), Sara Kipin (Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)), Tiara Little (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)), Madison Mitchell (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)), Tamanh Nguyen (University of Washington), Lauren Patterson (Art Center College of Design), Faith Schaffer – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Marylea Wold (Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)), Serena Wu (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)) and Owen Zidar (University of Notre Dame.)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I was so excited to hear that Nickelodeon had chosen McKinley for a mural,” commented McKinley Elementary Principal Liz Costella. “Carson, Amy and the interns were amazing. The mural is beautiful and is an incredible addition to our campus.”

Carson Smith and Amy Wu at Nickelodeon coordinated the project with the school.

“It is perfect and looks like it should have always been there,” added Costella. “We are so grateful to Nickelodeon and the interns for this amazing gift.”

Providencia Elementary Thanks Nickterns For New Mural

Providencia Elementary School unveiled a colorful new mural at a school-wide assembly on Thursday, April 23. School officials and students thanked Nickelodeon and its spring semester group of interns, or Nickterns, for creating the vibrant mural.

“When I found out that Providencia was selected to receive the mural I was thrilled!” commented Providencia Principal Jen Culbertson. “I relish any chance for us to work with community partners to help beautify our school.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Culbertson polled staff and teachers at the school for ideas and many of the responses led to the theme of peace and good citizenship.

“We use the Peace Builders program on our campus to help students understand the importance of building peace in our school and community,” explained Culbertson. “The Peace Builders tenants teach our children how to seek wise people, give up put downs, right their wrongs, build peace.”

“We also have a program called Peaceful Playgrounds that focuses on students being involved in games, following the rules, playing safely and solving conflicts appropriately during recess and lunch.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“We thought it would be neat to write the word ‘peace’ in multiple languages since Providencia’s community is quite diverse,” continued Culbertson. “Since we are one of the only elementary schools in Burbank to have a comprehensive K-5 weekly music program, we also wanted to showcase that… in some way…. as it is one of our signature practices that we are quite proud of.”

Culbertson met with Nickterns Kayla Rimes and Amit Kumar, who developed several designs with the entire group of interns. Providencia staff then voted for the winning design.

“I am so impressed with how the mural turned out. At the top it says ‘We are Peace Builders’ and the word peace is written in multiple languages,” said Culbertson. “There is a large globe painted in the center. There are kids playing on the right side. On the left side are large music notes. The background is a colorful rainbow.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“The end result is amazing!  It is simple and colorful, yet the message is quite clear. Providencia students are Peace Builders,” she also said. “They learn together, they play together and they build peace together both in our school and in our community. I can’t thank the Nickterns enough for creating something that will be a part of our school for years to come.”

The 2015 spring semester group of Nickterns includes: Natasha Barredo, Lilliana Barzaga, Art Castleton, Darlene Chaves, Stephanie Degiovanni, Diem Doan, Ashley Donovan, Hayley Garden, Amelia Giller, Ben Haist, Danielle Henning, Laila Idriss, Christine Kim, Lauren Krieger, Amit Kumar, Olivia Lee, Marissa Lowry, Gizelle Orbino, Kayla Rimes, Alexis Siegel, Josh Suarez, Sonika Suri, Kelsey van der Bergh and Jarrett Wegelin.

“Throughout the week that the Nickterns were on campus working on the mural, our students would engage with them and ask tons of questions,” Culbertson added. “I found all the interns to be kind, friendly and professional.”

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The Nickterns used seven basic colors in the mural design and applied the paint with rollers and brushes. Teams of three or four people painted at a time during the week of April 13 – 17.

“It was great working with the Nickterns to create this mural,” commented Kumar, one of the Nickelodeon interns who worked on the collaborative project. “It was a true effort by all of us, including Kayla Rimes who redesigned the children on the right side of the mural and Lauren Krieger who redesigned the globe in the middle.”

“The most exciting and satisfying part of the painting process was seeing and hearing how excited the children were to see us painting,” added Kumar. “At the end of the day, we were doing it for the children and to make sure they had something they could look at every day and enjoy.”

Nickterns Brighten Up Stevenson Lunch Area With Huge Mural

Nickelodeon college interns spent three days painting an enormous mural at R. L. Stevenson Elementary school on April 7, 8 and 9. The local animation studio provided the materials and supplies to complete the giant painting.

Nickterns (from left to right) include: Jayro Giron (ASU), Richard Ramos (Woodbury), Kenichiro Chaffee (Academy of Art University – SF), Jessica Dedrick (SCAD), Stacy Lee (RISD), Roxanna Morelli (PCC.) Seated in front is Katie Heckey (San Jose State University) (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Nickterns (from left to right) include: Jayro Giron (ASU), Richard Ramos (Woodbury), Kenichiro Chaffee (Academy of Art University – SF), Jessica Dedrick (SCAD), Stacy Lee (RISD), Roxanna Morelli (PCC.) Seated in front is Katie Heckey (San Jose State University) (Photo by Ross A Benson)

All 15 Nickterns, as they are affectionately called at the local animation studio, spent approximately five hours per day painting the mural. Katie Heckey, from San Jose State University, headed up the project, spending hours in advance planning and prepping the design.

“The Nickterns were a pleasure to work with and we are thrilled with our awesome new mural,” commented Anne Askerneese, a Stevenson parent volunteer who coordinated the installation with Nickeldeon.

Nickterns at work.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns at work.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Katie Heckey, as the lead artist on this project, was professional, highly organized and dedicated,” she added. “Katie put in well over 18 hours on our campus alone, not including the time she devoted to the preliminary designs and revisions.”

“The students at Stevenson are so excited to have this amazing mural in their lunch shelter!” continued Askerneese. “They enjoyed seeing the creative process unfold, as each day, from the beginning of the process, the mural took shape.”

“We love the fact that every child at Stevenson, including the special needs students, spend extended time in this space every single day.”

The complete Stevenson lunch shelter mural created by Nickterns. (Photo Courtesy of Anne Askerneese)

The complete Stevenson lunch shelter mural created by Nickterns. (Photo Courtesy of Anne Askerneese)

“Students’ lunch time conversations are really centered on the mural. The students talk about all the different environments and animals,” Askerneese explained. “They talk about hiking in the different habitats, and the pros and cons of the different climates.”

“This dynamic dialog is one example of the impact the mural is having on students. The smiles, excitement, and laughter are more evidence of the benefits of this creative endeavor.”

Heckey first sketched out the design with chalk and then used acrylic paint to adhere to the rough texture of the wall. All of the spring semester Nickterns joined in to complete the final art work.

Katie Heckey checks the progress of the mural painting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Katie Heckey checks the progress of the mural painting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Creating the mural was a wonderful experience,” said Heckey. “It was great seeing the expressions of the kids who walked by after school to sneak a peek. It’s like the concept of painting on a wall was incredible in itself.”

“Doing this mural has been the highlight of my internship experience with Nickelodeon,” Heckey added. “It was fun just working alongside my friends to improve a space for kids. I can’t wait to do another mural project.”

Every semester, Nickelodeon gets a new group of Nickterns and one of their obligations is to complete a community service project. Last fall, the Nickterns cleaned out and spruced up Disney Elementary’s school garden.

“We are thrilled to have our Nickterns contribute their talents to the community all while enhancing the school facilities in fun and vibrant way,” commented Veronica Esquivel, Manager of Talent Acquisitions at Nickelodeon.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Stevenson school is so grateful to Nickelodeon for taking on this project and transforming a previously bland space into a dynamic and refreshing one,” said Askerneese.

Two fourth-grade students interviewed Heckey for the May school newsletter.  Students and staff at the school also had a celebration for the Nickterns with pizza and a large thank you poster signed by students. Students gave out t-shirts with the Stevenson mascot, a pirate, to officially commemorate each Nicktern as an honorary Stevenson Pirate.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Nickelodeon And Disney Elementary Team Up For Garden Refurbishment

Disney Elementary’s school garden had been overgrown and under-utilized for years, until some very motivated fourth-graders got involved a year ago, in 2012. “We were doing area and perimeter measurements in the garden last year, and my students noticed the area was neglected and in disrepair,” commented Dillon Ross, Disney Elementary fourth grade teacher. “The children wanted to do something about it, and their enthusiasm, desire and belief they could make a difference inspired me to take on responsibility for the garden.”

Nickterns and students plant seedlings in the raised garden boxes. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns and students plant seedlings in the raised garden boxes. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

So last year, Mr. Ross organized clean up parties and planted vegetables and herbs and created a plan for twice yearly cleanup and plantings. Nickelodeon’s Veronica Esquivel and Carson Smith found out about the need for some extra help and organized a garden spruce-up project for the animation studio’s Fall 2013 group of college interns, which the studio proudly refers to as Nickterns. Nickelodeon’s internship program draws juniors and seniors from colleges across the nation and was recently rated one of the top best overall internships for 2014 for the fourth consecutive year by Vault.com.

On Thursday, November 14, about 10 Nickterns, plus Ms. Esquivel and Mr. Smith, headed over to Disney Elementary to lend several helping hands. “Every semester we do a philanthropy project and we knew this garden was in need, so the interns went out and got donations and studio donated money for supplies and soil,” explained Ms. Esquivel, who oversees the studio’s internship program and recruiting. “Students took off time for the day to work here. The entire intern class contributed in some way to the project.”

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Nickterns rest in the shade and check out a compost barrel on a hot November day. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“One of the great things about our program is that we infuse camaraderie and giving back,” added Ms. Esquivel. “Interns spend time on their assigned show, and we offer a number of free educational classes for our interns and give beyond just the standard internship experience in many ways and in giving back to community.”

With donations from Village Nurseries, Home Depot and Starbucks, armed with shovels, trowels and rakes, the Nickterns descended upon the garden, clearing out old growth and spent plants in the morning and prepping garden boxes with fresh soil. School children from Mr. Ross’ fourth grade class came by to help out too, along with some parent volunteers.

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Clean up work kept everyone busy in the garden. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“We love the garden and are happy to help clean up,” commented Vanessa, Jocelyn, Jazmine, Karmello and Mason, all fourth-graders. The youngsters were kept busy pulling weeds and loosening earth with trowels and hand rakes.

Principal Melissa Kistler stopped by to check on the progress during morning recess. “When I was a child growing up near Sacramento, I grew a squash in the school garden. My mom stuffed it and made an Italian-style vegetarian dish out of it and we were able to eat it for Thanksgiving that year,” said Principal Kistler. “I will never forget that squash and I will always remember the experience my school garden gave me.”

As Common Core rolls out, teachers and administrators see an opportunity for connecting Nutrition, Science and Math programs, among others, with the school garden and its crops.

Nickterns spent the day cleaning out and re-planting Disney Elementary's school garden. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns spent the day cleaning out and re-planting Disney Elementary’s school garden. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“My kids used to go to Disney,” added volunteer and PTA Arts Chair Shannon Blaney. “I’m still here involved with planning for the arts and being involved wherever I can and am thrilled to help with this garden.”

By the end of the school day, the Nickterns, Disney students and volunteers had cleaned up the garden and planted a host of herbs and winter vegetables, including squash, green onion, cabbage, lavender, rosemary, peas, cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, chard and thyme.