The “Wear It! Oswego” campaign has teamed with Oswego High School students and faculty on an indoor mural project that will depict the importance of wearing life jackets. Raby’s Ace Hardware of Oswego donated the paint, brushes and additional supplies needed for the project.
“The unique illustration selected for the mural includes an Oswego sunset and a suggestive scene that we believe is very powerful, will make people stop and look more closely and help them to understand the importance of wearing a life jacket,” said Stacey VanWaldick, Oswego High School art club director. According to VanWaldick, three students are involved in the mural project are junior Ashley Pitters, senior Emily Fleischman and junior Patty Talamo.
Using plywood supplied by Raby’s Ace Hardware, the mural was fabricated and later painted in the high school’s art room. “Our company receives many requests to donate supplies for projects, so our grants committee meets once a month to select initiatives we believe are important. We’re pleased to help the Wear It! Oswego campaign and the Oswego High School spread the word about the importance of water safety through the mural project,” said Peter Raby, owner of Raby’s Ace Hardware.
Following construction over the summer at Oswego High School, the mural will be installed outside of the pool entrance and unveiled in September 2012.
“We want wearing life jackets to be second nature to everyone – just like kids today wear bike helmets. That’s why we are pleased to collaborate again with the City of Oswego School District to help convey the important message that ‘Life Jackets Save Lives,’” said Joanne Walsh of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, a Wear It! Oswego campaign collaborator.
This is the second Wear It! Oswego-related project the campaign has conducted with Oswego High School students. In 2011, the Wear It! Oswego campaign worked closely with the high school’s television production teacher and students to develop 30-second videos on water safety. These videos remain timely and can be found under the High School’s “Wear It Oswego” tab on its “Video on Demand” page at http://oswego.org/videos.cfm.
Wear It! Oswego is an off-shoot of the Wear It! New York and national Wear It! programs.