Mural raises awarness and adds a pop of color to the science wing

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Elana Galassi

The members of the Science Honor Society come together to make a mural. It is located in the science wing and is meant to raise awarness about marine poulation.

Lena Kogen, Staff Writer

Hallway murals have become an increasingly popular occurrence in Schreiber, with every department eager to add a pop of color to their halls.  The Science Honor Society is continuing a mural on the bottom floor of the science wing in an attempt to benefit the Schreiber community as a whole.

“The theme of the mural is in tune with protecting the Earth, and one of the main concerns in modern scientific research,” said Science Honor Society Administrator Ms. Marla Ezratty.

Last year’s mural features a field covered in stumps, rather than trees, with a smoky factory looming in the background, illustrating the destructive effects deforestation has had on nature and wildlife.

“The previous president and the current board decided that Science Honor Society should do something other than raise money for outside organizations and thought that a mural would be a great way to raise awareness and beautify the school,” said senior board member Elana Hack.

This year, the club members decided to continue the idea of spreading awareness about preserving the environment, demonstrating the effects pollution can have on the marine environment.

“The ocean is one of our largest resources, and we have to keep in mind that it’s able to rebound,” said Ms. Ezratty.

The plan is to depict part of the ocean as thriving with tropical fish and corals and the other part as polluted and dying due to overfishing and dumping.

“I think in the science wing, especially the basement, there are a lot of blank white walls, and it’s nice to put something there to make them more interesting.  And I think the murals are a nice addition to the school,” said junior Julia Zeh.  “It’s also good, even if someone’s just glancing at the mural, to spread awareness about environmental problems.”

Throughout the school year, the club also focuses on fundraising for various organizations that support researching and developing sustainable energy and various other eco-friendly causes.  The society also helps to provide funds to Science Olympiad competitions and directly aids students through their tutoring programs.  However, the mural is particularly important to spreading awareness about the environment, as well as the club’s various endeavors.

“It’s one of the biggest things Science Honor Society does, especially one with physical evidence, so we put a lot of effort and time into making it as nice as possible,” said Hack.

Club members work on the mural after school, which is especially convenient for seniors with reduced workloads at the end of the year.  The current mural is becoming a continuation of the previous painting, and over the next couple years, the club plans to cover the entire wall with color.

“Science Honor Society has always had a very eco-friendly stance,” said Hack.  “Even though we’re not the Tree Huggers club, we think that it’s important to raise awareness of humans’ impact on the Earth.”