Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Crown Point Academy celebrates new mural, western barbecue

It was a busy month at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy which celebrated not only the completion of its new mural, but also held a family barbecue.

The school's new look on Ingraham Street was celebrated Feb. 7 as local artist Matthew Cavanagh revealed the amazing "Music Opens Minds" mural for the school and its community.

"This mural represents the hard work and dedication parents, staff, and community have put forth in not only fighting to keep the school open, but also in supporting the various music programs that Crown Point Junior Music Academy has to offer," said Principal Muriel Bartolini.

Artist Cavanaugh said he very much enjoyed helping the school.

"Wow. This was such a great event to be a part of," he said. "I enjoyed all the great compliments parents, staff, and students had to say about my work. During the time I was painting the mural a lot of cars honked; pedestrians passing by gave me thumbs up and told me what a great job I was doing."

At the ceremony, string students from Steve Luch's class performed, along with musicians from Pacific Beach Middle School, for dignitaries that included: Phil Stover, Deputy Superintendent of Business Support Services; Mark Nicholson, Instrumental Music Specialist, San Diego Unified Visual and Performing Arts Department; Pacific Beach Middle School Music Director John O'Donnell; and Principal Pacific Beach Middle School Principal Ernest Remillard,

"The mural is so beautiful!" said one parent. "This is what Crown Point needed to show the outside community what (this school) is all about."

Later in the month, Feb. 21, the school had a western barbecue lunch where parents were invited to have lunch with their kids at school.

"I enjoyed dressing up in Western clothes, boots and hat with my daughter," said a first-grade parent. "I love these events!"

"It makes me happy when I see how excited my children get when I am able to come have lunch with them," said another parent. This event was amazing and the hamburgers and hotdogs were really good."

"I like it when my mom and dad sit with me to eat lunch," said a second grader.

For more information on the school, visit its website.