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Stoner Prairie Elementary brightens up its halls with mural


FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Normally, kids are told not to draw on the walls.

But one Fitchburg elementary school is breaking tradition with a new mural lining its hallways painted by and for its students.

Fourth grader Julian Urfer, who helped design and paint a series of constellations near the main office, says he's very excited. "Everybody gets to help...not just the fourth and fifth graders, but the first, second and third. And I think that's really really good for our school," Urfer said.

As talented as the students are they did get a little help from two local artists, Sharon Kilfoy and Emida Roller.

Before starting the mural Kilfoy and Roller went around to different classes and asked kids what they wanted in the mural. Initially, says Kilfoy, they said things like prairies and the playground outside...but then they started talking about their heroes. Kilfoy and Roller say they were happy when kids responded with answers like their teachers, principle, and even the lunch ladies.

"We need to start young and help them understand that to be a hero you don't have to be somebody in a very strong position, you can be a hero where you are," says Roller.

Kilfoy and Roller say they are already looking into painting more hallways in the school after the current mural near the main entrance is finished.

The mural is sponsored by Wisconsin Arts Board and Dane Arts.

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