by Bianca Medina, AmeriCorps Member on the New Schools for Baton Rouge Entergy Louisiana team at Broadmoor Middle School
Broadmoor’s PBIS room has superhero and music-themed walls as well as movie and videogame rooms. Corps members helped Jack Stallard’s designs come to life when they helped paint the room’s murals at Broadmoor Middle on Saturday.
Corps members Silas Miller, Emily Hinshaw and Lindsey Lafleur work on the superhero wall.
When asked what inspired him to design the superhero wall, Jack Stallard said, “I wanted to make a wall that shows that all heroes don’t have to be super.” Yes, the mural includes Batman and Spiderman, but alongside these famous comic book superheroes are the heroes of Broadmoor: ordinary students dressed in CY styled hero costumes. The images on these walls are meant to inspire these students to rise above any detrimental circumstances and challenges they face. The quote from Christopher Reeve that is included on this wall perfectly conveys the mural’s purpose: “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Corps member Bianca Medina finishes the wall with a light bulb.
The music wall serves to ignite students’ creativity and self-motivation. Above the boom box is a quote from the song, “Man in the Mirror,” by Michael Jackson: “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” Headphones are connected to these lyrics and between the headphones is a light bulb, symbolizing the intellectual spark set off by both self-expression and great ideas in the minds of students.
Corps member Jack Stallard paints one of the murals in the videogame room.
The film reel and “Cinema” sign outside of the movie room were painted by corps member Dallas Khamiss.
Two smaller rooms connected to this space will serve as an arcade and a movie-showing room.
The videogame room features Mario from the Super Mario Brothers scaling a wall. The entranceway to the movie room is marked “Cinema” in a design reminiscent of classic neon-light theatre signs.
This past Saturday at Broadmoor middle was a big step forward in completing a special space that will hopefully encourage students to reach their full potential. These corps members instilled this space with their own creative energy and self-expression. Perhaps this collective work of art will further help bring out the talents and ambitions of Broadmoor students.
A big thanks to all of the corps members who helped create this wonderful PBIS room: