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ROAR Mural to be Officially Revealed This Afternoon at Smith Intermediate School

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Written by: Tim Davis


The ROAR mural is a project of Smith Intermediate Principal Jen Block, along with local artist Molly Reagan of Good Neighbor Art. Twenty students were selected to work on the project from design to finish. The mural is based on mental health themes important to the students, and highlights the school’s mantra ROAR, which stands for Respect, Open-hearted, Acting Safely and Responsible. The students worked side by side with Jen Block, Molly Reagan, community partners, and volunteer parents twice weekly since April to complete the entire basketball court.

ROAR mural. Photo by Todd Milligan

Partners involved were Jennifer Sylstra, onsite mental health professional from the Mental Health Association of Cortland County, Kate Downes and Jackie Carlton Leaf from Seven Valley Health Coalition, and Cristin Marshall from SPEAK UP Cortland. Lowes Home Improvement store in Cortland donated paint and supplies for the project, and aerial drone photographer Todd Milligan provided the images.

An opening ceremony and mural Reveal Event, open to the public, is today Tuesday, June 4th from 4-5pm at the Smith School Basketball Court in Cortland.

This project is made possible through the CNY Arts Grants for Regional Arts and Cultural Engagement regrant program thanks to a New York State Senate Initiative supported by the NYS Legislature, the Office of the Governor and administered by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Thank you to our community partners, Seven Valleys Health Coalition, SPEAK UP Cortland, Molly Reagan, Smith Intermediate School, and the Mental Health Association of Cortland County for making this project possible.

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