We Are DeKalb County School District Winter 2018 - Page 11

DEKALB GRADUATES GIVE BACK A s students at Kelley Lake Elementary returned to school on January 4, 2018, they were greeted by such famous faces as LEGO Batman, the Power Puff Girls, Gumball Watterson, Darwin Watterson and more. “Hurry! It’s Pizza Day at Kelley Lake,” exclaims Gumball. “Pizza!” responds Darwin. “Batman, don’t forget your lunch!” shouts another character, as Batman swings over a city skyline and into Kelley Lake’s cafeteria. The famous fictional characters arrived at Kelley Lake by way of an eye- catching, vibrant and kid- friendly mural installed in the school’s cafeteria over Winter Break 2017. The three artists behind the mural—Tommie Hines, Latoya Thomas and Victor Walker—are former DeKalb County School District (DCSD) students who jumped at the chance to give back to their local community. Hines, Thomas and Walker are graduates from McNair middle and high schools who share a passion for creativity. Hines’ son also attends Kelley Lake. While the mural prominently displays cartoon characters, the mural’s focal point is meant to inspire. In the center, two hands clasp to create a shining globe. “I don’t really watch cartoons, so I had to ask my nephew what cartoons were popular. He immediately said, ‘The Amazing World of Gumball!’,” said Thomas. “It feels great to give back. We came through DeKalb County School District; to be able to give back to the kids and inspire them feels great.” >>> Winter 2018 | 11