June 17, 2009

Kids make Obama mural from 24,000 dominoes

Students at a Westfield, Mass., school have completed a two-month project to build a mural of President Barack Obama from 24,000 dominoes.

The Franklin Avenue Elementary School students, working in tandem with Westfield State College mathematicians, said the Obaminoes mural was created to honor the nation's 44th president -- and to learn a bit about linear programming math, WWLP-TV, Springfield, Ma., reported Wednesday.

We were the only elementary school to do this and to have a piece of artwork of our 44th president, the only African American president. It means a lot, said Marissa Costa, fifth-grader and one of the hundreds of students who contributed to Obaminoes.

Fellow fifth-grader Josh Weaver said participating in the project left him awestruck.

It makes me feel good because this is a big project. I've never done anything this big. It's really cool, he said.