Sixth through eighth graders showcased their curriculum on the crosswalks outside of Lincoln Middle School as a part of the Paint the Pavement Program. The national program works to encourage community building and public art as a means to transform public space into neighborhood assets.
"We didn't invent this, it's been done other places-Milwaukee, St. Paul. Colorado has several places. It's called Paint the Pavement. It's traffic calming, community building, and obviously art," says the Lead Teacher of Coulee Montessori Adolescent School, Nine Dodge.
The project took place from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Students spent a great deal of time planning, researching, and designing the artwork in the weeks leading up to the project's date.
Four students were chosen as primary leaders to monitor and help out their peers. Eighth grade leader, Victoria says, "Being able to lead my group that I'm in right now to get this done was both fun and hard." She says that persuasion was one of the main lessons she learned through the planning process. "If you have the right idea and the best way of doing something, then you can probably convince the city."
Students and staff hope to receive approval to use more permanent tools to paint the pavement in the future.