September 22, 2008

Placitas Students To Contribute to Wildlife Mural

By Elaine D. Briseo Journal Staff Writer

Placitas Elementary fourthand fifth-grade students will participate in a community project that will highlight the wildlife and landscape of the area.

The students will work on tiles that will be turned into one of seven panels along the Placitas Recycling Center wall off Highway 165. The center is located about a half a mile east of Interstate 25 on N.M. 165.

The panels will form a mural that has been named "Protect Our Wildlife Corridors." The mural is meant to honor the area's wildlife, while encouraging its conservation. The mural will also focus on the local environment.

The effort is being headed by artists Laura Robbins and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan.

Robbins is a member of the wildlife advocacy group, Pathways, and asked Snider-Bryan to participate. Snider-Bryan said each panel is being worked on by different members of the community. Students drew plants from around the area and those drawings have been transferred to tile pieces. On Tuesday, the students will glaze their tile pieces.

Snider-Bryan said that students in the area are lucky enough to see wildlife on a regular basis and she hopes the project helps them appreciate their environment.

Robbins, in a Bernalillo Public Schools news release, talked about why the project is important.

"Since the wildlife corridor runs right through Placitas, this is a beautiful project that raises awareness about local wildlife needs and preservation so that this sensitivity to the animals and their environment becomes part of the culture of Placitas," she said.

Snider-Bryan said she and others involved with the project plan to ask other students from around the district to participate.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete by October 2010 and is being funded by donations and grants.

For more information, contact Linda Hughes at Placitas Elementary, 867-2488. Hughes is the art-in-the-school coordinator.

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