Nov 8, 2021 – La Mesa Dale’s beautiful new 192-foot playground mural was painted by Grossmont College art students. One of La Mesa Dale’s parents is a military veteran pursuing a degree in Art. She connected La Mesa Dale with her professor, Jennifer Bennett, MFA Art Professor of Drawing and Painting at Grossmont College. Over the last semester, Bennett’s art class developed the idea for the mural and spent 4 days on campus, painting it on the wall. The mural was completed on October 13, 2021.
When staff, students and parents first saw the colorful painting that captures the beauty in nature, the reactions were unanimously excited. Students who walk by the mural on their way to class in the morning campus, couldn’t help but stare and smile. Parents in the drive-through line paused to take photos. One little girl skipped the entire length of the rainbow painted on the wall.
In a day of TikTok challenges promoting destruction, artistic beautification brings joy to the parents, students and staff who get to see it every day. It fosters a sense of pride in our school. It shows students just how much we care about them. It motivates students to be good stewards of our very special campus.
About La Mesa Dale Elementary:
La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is a public school district in the East County area of San Diego County, California, United States. The district serves the city of La Mesa, a portion of the city of El Cajon, the unincorporated communities of Casa de Oro, Mount Helix, and Spring Valley. They have 11,400 students total, as well as 652 teachers that serve 21 schools. La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is proud to serve students and families with caring teachers and staff members and innovative instruction.
David Feliciano, Superintendent