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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.”

Nickelodeon Interns Brighten Miller Elementary With Massive Mural

Nickelodeon interns recently completed a gigantic mural lining Joaquin Miller Elementary’s lunch shelter. The painting depicts the school’s mascot, a jaguar, in the forest, under water and in outer space.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Nickelodeon volunteers spent hours of preparation designing the mural and multiple afternoons after school hours painting the colorful installation.

“We chose to put the mural in our lunch shelter because it was an area that students passed by and came to everyday,” commented Miller Elementary Principal Judy Hession. “There is a large wall that students look at as they are eating their snack and/or lunch. Why not brighten it up with a mural?”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Joaquin Miller Elementary Principal Judy Hession stands in the foreground as intern volunteers from Nickelodeon work on a massive mural for the school’s lunch shelter. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We also included a list of traits at the bottom of the mural that represents what our students are working on all year long in addition to the academics: Striving for Excellence, Respect, Honesty, Responsibility and Peacebuilders,” said Hession.

“I did want to thank Carson Smith from Nickelodeon for coordinating this project and all 14 of the interns who came out to Miller to paint the mural during this past week,” added Hession.

“A very special thank you to Annathalia (Thalia) Nalapraya for working with me at the school site, Catharina (Cat) Sukiman for designing the artwork and Chelsea Jauregui for putting together the color scheme for the mural,” she continued.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Eleven additional members of Nickelodeon’s Fall 2014 intern class helped realize the massive mural: Eli Barraza, Olivia Burgher, Sara Cook, Jeff Dirdack, Kenya Foster, Brian Hill, Lacey Kaelani, Kevin Lam, Andrew Megow, James Mosley II and Karissa Valencia.

“The students have been talking about how much they like the mural as they watched it being painted,” Hession also said. ” What a wonderful thing to have students excited and talking about”