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Ames Mural Celebrates All Students
More than 50 students at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus have left their mark on the school by contributing to a mural that promotes acceptance and inclusion.
In the days before Thanksgiving, students worked together on the mural which added color to a large white cinder block wall in a second-floor hallways of the building’s new wing. It features a tree in the center surrounded by different colored shapes to represent a puzzle.
Ninth-graders in Kristen Petersen and Jennifer Rabie’s integrated co-teaching English language arts classes recently read John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” As part of their analysis of the book, they discussed the evolution of education for people with disabilities. Ms. Rabie said that students reacted with heartache and disappointment upon learning that many children with special needs once did not have the same access to a good education. It wasn’t until 1975 that Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.
“We wanted to celebrate how far we’ve come,” Ms. Rabie said.
The students then came up with an idea for a mural, to be inspired by a quote from the book, “Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” Student Ryan M. designed the mural, and a final sketch was created by art teacher Nicole Hassell, who supervised students as they painted.