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Students create mural on what it means to be multilingual

Katelynn Abrams

Village News Intern

Before summer, a new mural was painted at Fallbrook Union High School with a professional muralist guiding the high school students. The mural, which took about three months to complete, was part of an after school project and class, which later expanded to include any students that wished to participate.

When the mural project was initiated, Pauline Woolson, a dual immersion teacher at Fallbrook High School, reached out to a professional muralist, Gloria Favela Rocha, about joining the project. Rocha agreed and guided the students, including Aisleen Escobedo, Eulalia Tomas, Marissa Solis and Daniela Martinez, during the art project. It had been decided that the project's theme would be dual immersion, and it became multi immersion during the project.

With the help of Woolson as the instructor and muralist Rocha, the students brainstormed and drew what it meant to them to be multilingual. The students were involved throughout the entire process, which included conceptual drawings, laying out the grid, background and underlying colors, drawing and painting.

"The hard work, symbolism, artistry and dedication the students exemplified was extraordinary to watch," Rocha said. "It reached far beyond their experience and touched the lives of their fellow students."

 

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