Jennie Brian took her love for art and her community and put it to work to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. creating a mural which is now displayed in the East Ridge Middle School cafeteria.
She consulted with faculty and students to brainstorm ideas for her project.
“Jennie initiated this idea with little guidance from her teachers,” said East Ridge art teacher Nancy Christie. “Her work represents independent thinking and beautiful craftsmanship.”
Ms. Christie also served as Jennie’s mentor for the project.
East Ridge Middle School Principal Marty Fiedler said, “The brightly colored bulletin board has a picture of a tiger, our school symbol, which is surrounded by the category titles of the six pillars of character, the mainstay of our Character Counts program. Each cafeteria section has a name, and we now refer to Jennie’s section as the Tiger Den section, drawing attention to the message on her painting.”
Mr. Fielder added, “Jennie’s work replaced a mural that had been there since 1989, but it would not have been replaced if Jennie’s work didn’t have an important message. We are thrilled with the work that Jennie did and I know that it will be viewed by students for many years to come.”
As part of her Silver Award, Jennie also donated 12 cases of watercolor paints to the Carver Center in Norwalk. She is now a freshman at Ridgefield High School and continues to study art.