Goddard Library gets a new mural thanks to students

Students from Mrs. Dunlap’s art class painted this mural in the teen section of the Goddard Public Library over 7 days.

By Michelle Leidy-Franklin

GODDARD – Ellie Dunlap from Goddard Middle School visited the Goddard Public Library in hopes of securing some book donations for a project for her seventh and eighth grade art classes. She came away with an idea for a mural in the teen area of the library.
Carrie Wharton, program and outreach specialist for the Goddard Public Library, discussed the idea with Dunlap and plans were made to move the mural project forward.
“We appreciate the support of Mrs. Dunlap and the students at the Goddard Middle School for creating a fun space for our youth area,” said Wharton.
Students from Dunlap’s art class submitted three different options for the library to choose from. A selection was made and students starting painting on May 20. The mural was completed on May 27.
Students were bused to the library during their art class period to work on the project. Some students even came in after school and on the weekend to ensure the mural was completed.
In the middle of the mural is a wildcat logo to represent the Goddard Lions and the Eisenhower Tigers. Permission was received from the Goddard Junior Football Organization to use it. The mural was a one-time art project coordinated between Dunlap and Wharton.
The mural will remain a permanent fixture of the Goddard Public Library.