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Port Chester School Unveils Student Mural

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Fourth and fifth grade students from Park Avenue school in Port Chester unveiled a pair of murals that depict scenes from the village's past and present.

The project was funded by the school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and was conducted by the district's partner, the Port Chester Council for the Arts (PCCFA). Although the mural was sketched and laid out by PCCFA Literacy Through the Arts instructor Grace Mora, the individual designs were created, drawn and painted by the school's students, the district said. Mora said the students took turns working on the project for an hour and a half at the end of the school day.

"You can tell by how unique the project is that, in the end, it is their own ideas," Mora said in her address to students, teachers and parents. "I'm so proud of all your (students) work."

According to PTO Co-President Jeannyne Tempesta, the past two PTO presidents had set aside funds to be used for a future art project at the school, but were never able to get anything off the ground. When Tempesta and Co-President Gina Tarascio took over last summer, they decided to devote $7,500 of that money to beautifying the cafeteria walls.

Park Avenue School Principal Rosa Taylor said the project would not have been possible if it weren't for the contributions from both the PTO and the PCCFA.

"It was amazing to see the project progress and the important thing is that it leaves a legacy," Taylor said in her address. "When you move on to the middle school, high school and beyond you will be able to come down here and see your mural."

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