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Lampeter Elementary Auctions Mural for 2019 Art Scholarship

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Mural makers (clockwise from bottom) Thomas Sellers, Sal Viscusi, Kaknika Viset, Bella Beiler, Madison Snyder, Miss Gruver/Mrs. Stauffer, Kelsey Kimmel, and Johnny Franklin in 2009 and 2019.

Ten years ago, art teacher Jody Gruver had an idea . . . a wonderful, artful idea. Enlisting the help of more than 200 second graders, she created a 6 x 4 foot mural depicting Lampeter Elementary School, which was brand new for the 2008-2009 school year. Students submitted drawings for consideration and Miss Gruver included an element from each and every student to the finished mural, which she painted on her own time. The group even decided to hide a yellow ladybug, Where’s Waldo style, for future Lampeter Elementary students to find.

When the mural was complete and installed in the second floor hallway, where it hangs to this day, Miss Gruver told second graders that it would be auctioned off in 2019, when they were seniors. That seemed like a long time away.

In a few short months, many of those students will parade past the mural as part of the Class of 2019’s senior walk and Miss Gruver - now Mrs. Stauffer - intends to keep her promise. The mural will go up for auction on March 21. Interested bidders can visit the District eBay page to place their offers or contact the district directly. The money raised will be used toward a scholarship for a member of the Class of 2019 who will pursue an art-related degree. Questions can be referred to Anne Harnish, community relations coordinator, at 717 464-3311 ext. 1010 or

The winner can choose to keep the mural at Lampeter Elementary with a plaque in his or her name or to take it to a new home. The frame will not be included, as it was created by Mrs. Stauffer’s father. The winner of the Lampeter Elementary Proud to be a Pioneer Art Scholarship will be announced on Thursday, May 16, at the 2019 Senior Awards Night.

. . . and in case you’re wondering, the seniors can still find the yellow ladybug.

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