2016 -2017 End of the Year Service Project


Mural at Garfield Prep, SE Washington, D.C.


For her second service year,

Shayla aimed to take the artistic aspect of her community service to another level. This year she served as a literacy tutor at Garfield Prep in South East Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the school year, she engaged in a small after-school art club of about 10 students.

Over the duration of the club, students explored basic figure drawing techniques, presenting, and critiquing. Students were encouraged to challenge and defend their work in a respectful and intelligible manner. Students were given the authority to determine what projects/techniques the group would focus on for the session.

Towards the end of the school year the principal, Mr. Branch, gave Shayla free reign to paint a mural of whatever, wherever in the school she pleased. She asked a 4th grader who had shown a lot of growth academically as well as in her leadership skills to pose for the mural. During the Spring Break and Intersession, Shayla completed the mural in the 3rd and 2nd grade stairwell. During one of the weeks students were even able to watch the process of painting the mural as well.

The above featured image consists of the young girl reading a book and imagining many of the things the students at Garfield had learned and experienced this school year. Some images include the school cheerleaders and marching band, which they are known for. The Jack and Annie Magical Treehouse, The Very hungry Caterpillar, and Gigi from a math program the school uses are also included.