Westside schools:
Buena Vista personalizes entrance

       At the start of the school year, the front door to Buena Vista Montessori Elementary still had “Washington” (the name of the building's former school) over the top of it.

Students in the Buena Vista Montessori Elementary Art Club were helping mount their six-panel mural outside the school's entrance this week. On the ladder is parent volunteer Tom Hanna. Standing with club leader/Westside artist Chris Alvarez are some of the club members (from left): Francisco Alvarez, Emmett Sanders, Aki Cooper, Miles Murphy and Sophia Hanna and (in front) Alita Alvarez.
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       Now the six panels around the door are filled with student-made art.
       “People really like it,” said Chris Alvarez, a parent volunteer who helped organize the mural project with the after-school Art Club. “It kind of lends itself to the creative personality of the Montessori school.”
       The images are not intended to be depictions of the school. They are a type of “non-objective” art that involves a strong use of colors, Alvarez explained.
       The club worked with the school's PTA to refine the mural idea.
       The work took about six weeks. A team of two or three students (in grades 1-5) worked on each of the six pieces, which were pre-measured to fit, he said.
       After Alvarez polyure-thaned them and caulked the edges to protect against weathering, Tom Hanna (a parent who works as a contractor), made the final size adjustments on the paintings before mounting them.
       A golf tournament and casino night, intended to raise money for the new Tommy Rogers scholarship fund for Coronado High students, has been postponed until next fall.
       The event had been scheduled May 13-14 at the Kissing Camels Country Club and Garden of the Gods Club.
       According to Coronado baseball coach Robert Lizarraga, the postponement was decided by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), a non-profit charitable organization involved with the event.
       No new date has been announced yet.

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