Students at the new Juvenile Court and Community Schools
campus in Vista learned about empathy and community service recently while they
painted a mural to send to the South Korean school still reeling from the loss
of dozens of students in a ferry boat sinking.
Students at the school have been working on the 5-foot-by-12-foot
mural since April 28 and expect to be finished soon.
“It has been one of the best weeks we’ve had here,” said
Ronald Major, the teacher helping to oversee the project.
Major started preparing students for the work by teaching
them about the ferry that sank off the South Korean coast, killing more than
200 people, including many students and educators from Danwon High School. The
students really connected with the story and empathized with those on the
“I’m doing it so we can give people hope,” said a 13-year-old
student working on the project.
The mural is part of the Art Miles Mural Project, a program by
the San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of
America. Three elementary schools in Oceanside are also participating
A few weeks ago, the students in Major’s class went to
Chicano Park in Vista to look at murals there and get ideas for their own art.
Eventually, the plan is for the students to use this
experience to help them paint a mural on a blank wall on the nine-classroom
campus in central Vista.
The school, which hasn't been named yet, opened in February,
combining classes that used to be held at three separate locations. It serves 85
students from across northern San Diego County in grades 7 through 12.