“Live Oak elementary is at the heart of the community and a gathering place for our families, when you stop and consider all the negativity and turmoil around today knowing that our students will be surrounded by such positive images that one can take comfort in knowing that during their time with us, they are loved and valued. What my students get to do is imagine themselves as positive hard working citizens who can live in harmony despite our differences.” Patricia Corral, Live Oak Elementary School Principal, said in her reception speech on Monday, October 29, when the art was revealed.
The eight murals spotlight a range of topics such as diversity, technology, and STEAM; an educational programming highlighting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. The diversity mural shows a range of cultures and abilities, including a hearing impaired student, as Live Oak Elementary School houses a deaf and hard of hearing program.
One mural titled, “Path to College and Career Readiness” shows two graduating characters and several adults in occupations that benefit their local communities. The goal was to inspire and remind the students that their potential is endless. It was reported after previous school makeovers that when students are proud of their environment, they do better in school and have less behavioral issues. Along with that sense of pride, the aim of the project is to show the students of the school that they are cared about by their community.
Live Oak Elementary School was first opened in September 1962 in the Fontana Unified School District. The school has approximately 600 students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.
IEUW’s President and CEO, Dr. Felita Jones said, “The genesis behind the school makeovers is to help the children to dream bigger, to visualize themselves in various careers and positions and to open their minds to believing that they are capable of achieving great things through education, creativity and imagination. The smiles and appreciation we received from the children and families, shows that they too believe in the endless possibilities for their futures. It is an investment that will pay for itself time and time again through the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our community and their reinvestment in our kids.”
In addition to the murals, Live Oak Elementary received a revival of their play area, with several new obstacle courses that the students participating in the reveal could not help but start enjoying.
Mayor of Fontana, Acquanetta Warren, said in a Facebook Live Post during the reveal, “How can you not thrive in this environment? This is wonderful!”
The project was made possible by the support of corporate partners, QTC Management, UPS, California State San Bernadino, Cardenas, Nexgrill, Henkels & McCoy, Safelite Autoglass, Seidner’s Collision, and the talented artist, Mel “Meezy” Perez.