School children make their mark on community

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Dorchester fire station now sports new mural

Students from Dorchester Consolidated School who recently painted a mural on the front of the village’s fire hall pose for a photo with members of department. PHOTO SUBMITTED

DORCHESTER, N.B. – When they walk or drive by their community fire hall, students from Dorchester Consolidated School can take pride in the artwork that now adorns the front doors of the station.

The DCS students were on hand last week when the art mural they designed was officially unveiled by members of the fire department, a project the kids have been working on for several months now.

“It’s been so awesome,” said Nancy Milner, a member of the local fire department and the school bus driver. “They’ve been working for a long time on this . . . and they did such a great job.”

The 16-by-10-foot mural, which was installed on the set of doors facing Route 106 (which are no longer used), depicts an antique horse-drawn pumper and an older-style fire truck, both alongside the Rocklyn Inn, a historic stone house in Dorchester built in the early 1830s. Across the top of the mural, made using three large sheets of plywood, reads Dorchester Fire Department.

Milner said she had brought in photographs of the trucks and the Rocklyn house for the kids to use in designing their mural. The older students at the school, which is comprised of Kindergarten through Grade 8, did the preliminary work including coming up with the ideas, doing the initial sketches and outlines during their weekly art classes.

“The Grade 7 and 8s have been really working hard on this,” she said, “so they could really have a mark on the fire department.”

The younger kids helped paint the mural.

Milner said getting kids involved in community-oriented projects like this tends to help reduce youth vandalism and theft.

“The more you get the kids involved, the less likely they are to get into trouble,” she said. “They see that these things are part of their community. This is a way to make it theirs, to make them feel like they’re part of this small unique community.”

Organizations: Dorchester Consolidated School, Rocklyn Inn, Dorchester Fire Department Rocklyn house

Geographic location: Dorchester

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