Coffin Elementary School Unveils Mural, Supports Healthy Choices

(L to R) Coffin Elementary School Principal Steve Ciembroniewicz, Physical Education Teacher and the school’s Let’s Go! Coordinator Tracey O. Peck-Moad, Custodian Hank Ramsey, and Art Educator Amy Crosby stand in front of the new 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Mural at Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick.
(Photo by Gerry Maraghy).

Coffin Elementary School recently held a school-wide assembly to unveil a mural in the school cafeteria depicting scenes of healthy and active living. The four panel mural aligns with the school’s involvement in Mid Coast Hospital’s 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program, a childhood obesity prevention and wellness program that promotes the key message of five or more servings of fruits and vegetables, two or fewer hours of recreational screen time, at least one hour physical activity, and zero sugar-sweetened beverages daily.

"The new Coffin School 5-2-1-0 mural is a celebration of our talented and innovative staff teaming with supportive community partners in order to do great things for some of Brunswick’s youngest learners,” said Steve Ciembroniewicz, Coffin Elementary School Principal. "In addition to brightening up the cafeteria, the mural is a joyful way to support the healthy choices we value for all our Coffin School students. We are grateful to everyone who donated so much of their time and expertise to make this project come to life”

The mural includes scenes of children on bikes, scooters, and skateboards, jumping rope, playing basketball and baseball, jogging, and walking. Coffin Elementary School students created it with assistance from Coffin Elementary School Art Educator Amy Crosby and students from Brunswick Junior High. School custodian, Hank Ramsey, built a custom frame and installed the mural. Funding for the mural was provided by a 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! mini-grant from Mid Coast Hospital, the local 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! dissemination partner for Brunswick, Harpswell, and Sagadahoc County.

Tracey Peck-Moad, Coffin Elementary School Physical Education Teacher and the school’s 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! champion said, "We are so thrilled to have the support of Mid Coast Hospital and the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program at Coffin School to support our healthy school environment. Making the cafeteria a bright, cheery place, with reinforcement of the 5-2-1-0 healthy guidelines, is a wonderful compliment to what we teach here. Having the elementary and junior high school students, our staff, and community partners work together to create such an amazing piece of art, further reinforces our mission which is to create a K-2 learning community made up of students, parents, teachers and local citizens where children will grow socially, emotionally, and academically to foster life-long learning.”