Painting a Sense of Ownership
Caitlin Pedersen (left) helps kids cover their palms with paint and then apply their hand prints to the wall
(Gillette, Wyo.) Over 150 kids were given a unique and colorful opportunity today as they placed their mark within the walls of the old Lakeview Elementary Building.
One by one, each of the students chose their favorite paint colors from a selection of nine variations and covered their palms with it. Then, moving forward, they moved forward to place their hand print on a long, blank wall within the Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County.
By midday, over 20 new hand prints joined the hundreds of others created last year. By the end the day, nearly 300 new hand prints would fill in the blank space, creating an astoundingly colorful mural that serves to give the kids a sense of pride and ownership within their clubs.
“We want them to have something like ‘that’s my hand print’ or ‘that’s my piece of the building’ and also for them to keep coming back each year as the wall is updated,” said Patrick Collier, director of the BGCCC.
The hand print wall will be a place that kids can return to over the years, and see that their hand prints, and their membership, still remains intact.