By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Head Start kids help paint mural

The 3- and 4-year-olds calmly dipped their palms in paint, then pressed them to the wall in the conference room, where the mural is underway. Some made distinct, splayed-finger prints in pink, orange or yellow while others enthusiastically stamped a series of handprints, each slightly lighter than the one before.

“It’s going to be a whole field of flowers,” said Hayes, who plans to turn each colorful hand into a blossom.

The McMinnville graphic designer and illustrator offered to paint the mural as a gift to Head Start. She consulted with staff members and parents to create a design featuring children doing all the things they do in the preschool program — art, reading, music, dress-up, trike riding, sidewalk chalking and circle play.

In addition to the children’s contribution of handprints, friend and fellow artist, Lisa Harrington, has helped Hayes paint. A smiling sun, a tree with green leaves, a bird on a branch and other whimsical elements complete the design.

The mural stretches floor to ceiling over two walls in the conference room, which is used for meetings and parent training and job search activities, said Lara Fritz of Head Start.

Fritz said she appreciates Hayes’ efforts. “It’s great to have someone interested in learning about our program and representing it visually,” she said.


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