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Community invited to paint by numbers in JRES mural project

Local artist and students collaborate on mural capturing students' happiest memories

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — The end of the school year at Jeremy Ranch Elementary will be commemorated with a burst of color and creativity as students prepare to transform the Rasmussen pedestrian tunnel into a vibrant art display. The community mural project, titled ‘Freedom of the Child,’ will capture the joy and freedom of childhood as remembered by the students themselves. Under the guidance of local artist Lyndsie Nash, the mural will feature scenes ranging from playful moments on the playground to serene camping experiences.

The painting event, set for May 19 from 1 to 6 p.m., will allow participants to paint by number, ensuring that volunteers of all skill levels can contribute. All supplies will be provided, including paint donations from Sherwin-Williams. Jessica Pate, a volunteer committee member, explained that the volunteer event was intentionally set to coincide with Running with Ed to take advantage of the increased foot traffic through the tunnel between Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch.

The initiative, supported by The Summit County Art Board and Basin Recreation, is not just a decorative effort but also serves as the fifth grade’s graduation project—a tradition where students leave a lasting gift to the school. “This year’s project is unique because it extends into the community, allowing the public to enjoy and partake in our students’ artistic expressions,” Pate added.

The completed mural will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of the school year.

Volunteers are encouraged to park at the Jeremy Ranch Elementary parking lot, where no prior sign-up is required. “Just show up, and there will be plenty of work and materials ready,” Pate stated. Committee members in aprons will be available to guide volunteers through the painting process.

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