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Bear Valley MS students raise money for two-story mural

The Bear Valley Middle School mural is two-stories high and the result of three years of fund-raising by the school’s ASB.

At Bear Valley Middle School, the ASB team saved money for three years in order to make their raging bear mural happen. 

“It was a long journey to raise the money, get approval, and finally see the production of our stunning mural,” said ASB, AVID, and Yearbook teacher Denise Van Doorn. “The end production was even more spectacular than we dreamed it would be!”

The two-story mural, from Murals for Schools, was painted over five days, during which students filmed and photographed the process, observed and calculated proportions, and researched mural art.  The mural is right in the middle of the campus on one of the classroom buildings.

Principal Jason Wrzeski and Denise Van Doorn were tireless in their efforts to make the mural a reality.

The total cost of the Mural was $9,122.03. More than 120 students from the ASB participated (32 students each year.)

The Associated Student Body (ASB) brings in a profit of about $14,000 each year and the past 3-4 years they have set aside around $3,000 to save for the mural. The fundraiser they have been doing is the Mrs. Fields frozen cookie dough. The prizes include free dance tickets, free yearbooks and free tickets for the 8th grade Harbor Cruise. The ASB students got two bids from different companies, asked for designs, checked referrals and made the decision along with the support of retired principal Susan Freeman who was instrumental in getting it started. 

The students are now working on a second project:  an electronic marquee! They are brainstorming on how to fund that expense since it is at least $25,000.

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