Schools and Libraries
July 24, 2013
In the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, as a team-building activity, Long Beach Middle School Team 7-3 created a mosaic collage with the help of Earth Arts in Long Beach. The students each designed a tile that represented them as individuals, while expressing their connections to the community. The community included their families and friends, the schools and their town.
“It was immediately apparent how many students felt a strong connection to our great City of Long Beach, in particular our beautiful beaches, the ocean and the boardwalk,” said teacher Jessica Vetter. “When Superstorm Sandy hit, we were afraid the tiles had been destroyed. However, like us, they somehow survived.”
As the city of Long Beach began to rebuild, the mosaic took on a new importance to the students. It was framed in salvaged wood from the boardwalk. To commemorate this symbolic gesture, teachers and students of team 7-3 held a dedication ceremony at the end of the school year, aptly titled, “We Are One,” since the mosaic will always serve to remind them that they one with the community of Long Beach.