by Lisa Tome
A trio of sisters and their mom have worked to make Rising Sun Middle School a more colorful place.
They spent the better part of a week sprucing up the school's band room with a hand painted mural.
Rising Sun Middle band teacher Bob Castaldi said the project was a long time coming.
"When I came here three years ago, I knew it was a good school, with a good band program and a nice room," said Castaldi.
But a blank wall bothered him. This spring, Castaldi discussed the issue of the blank wall with art teacher Carol Mangano. Mangano told Castaldi that a student, Quest Gray, who is in all state band, also has artistic talent. Gray, 14, who will enter ninth grade this year, and join her sisters, Nikki, 15, and Alice, 17, at Rising Sun High, were joined by their mother Deborah, in bringing the mural for the band project to fruition.
Quest began planning the project. They then found three days last week when they could bring Quest's drawing to life on a 13 by six foot wall. The mural features a sun, music staff, tiger paws, and more.
All three sisters have their own art niche. Quest prefers pencil drawing. Nikki specializes in dinosaurs and computer graphics. Alice creates her own animé. "The hard part of this is the music notes and the tiger paws," said Nikki Gray.
"It was fun. We are just doing it because we can," said Alice Gray.
Quest Gray said she enjoyed the being creative aspect of the project.
This project wasn't the only good deed the Grays completed this summer They also worked on an eagle Scout project and painting at Plumpton Park Zoo.
"I could not be prouder of all of them. All of them are honor students and they are artistic," said Deborah Gray. "They all volunteer at Camp Ware a few days a week. This (mural) was a lot of work and a lot of fun."
The new look to his room has made Castaldi anxious for the students to return to class later this month.
"It brightens things up," said Castaldi. "I'm excited for the students to see it. It really brightens up the room."