Eagle View Elementary School library gets colorful change
When the Eagle View Elementary School library was just being constructed, media specialist Pat Kvale envisioned a mural on the walls. "When the school was built about 11 or 12 years ago I had some input on what it would look like and the furnishi...
When the Eagle View Elementary School library was just being constructed, media specialist Pat Kvale envisioned a mural on the walls.
"When the school was built about 11 or 12 years ago I had some input on what it would look like and the furnishings and bookcases," Kvale said. "Part of my thought then was that it would be great to have a mural. When I was younger there was a beautiful mural in my library when I was a kid. I just loved that."
With retirement just around the corner, Kvale and teacher Mindi Coulter-Glasier made that mural a reality. They put together a read-a-thon fundraiser and reached their goal.
"We had enough for the mural and enough to buy some books for the library," Kvale said.
Kvale began the fundraiser after receiving an email from a prospective artist's wife, showing the type of murals the artist has done for such places as a school in Eden Prairie, YMCAs and other establishments.
"I wanted an artist that was really child friendly, like illustrations from a children's book," Kvale said. "It just fit."
As a result, Greg Preslicka was chosen to make the mural a reality.
"I do the whole gamut, but my background is in design and illustration, so I do a lot of kids' stuff," Preslicka said. "Cereal packaging and that kind of stuff. My murals tend to be more kids, though I've done adult stuff. I love doing the kids' stuff, and I think my style lends itself to that."
A theme of wilderness, and animals and books was chosen, and the children at the school got the opportunity to watch the library change in real time. They even had some part in guiding the project.
"I think he's a great painter and I like how it shows them (animals) reading," fourth-grader Aubrey Larsen said. "It's too bad we won't get to see it that much."
"We voted for the best picture to do," said fourth-grader Kelsi Martini. "I think some good ones were chosen."
"I think the kids are very into the process," Kvale said. "They can't stop asking questions to Greg. They are very interested and it's important that they are able to see the process."
"It's been a fun one," Preslicka said. "I'm really enjoying it. This is my wheelhouse so I was really looking forward to getting started on that project. The best part of coming to schools is meeting with the kids. They come and I share the process and enjoy that part of it."
With Kvale retiring at the end of the school year, this is one way she will leave her mark, but only one way.
"I like her as a teacher because of everything she does with us and the library to make it better. she makes the library better for us to get better books," Martini said.
"She's very good at explaining things," Larsen said.
"She's really nice," said fourth-grader Jake Schmidt.
"I'm happy it's finally happened and it just so happens that I'm retiring," Kvale said.
Kvale, however, gives much of the credit to the read-a-thon.
"We would like to thank the students and their families and friends for participating in our readathon fundraiser," Kvale said.