Students at Park Slope Collegiate, a small 6-12 public school in Brooklyn, have been working for the last year to bring a new mural to their school walls. This new mural comes with a big message: “Scanner-free schools.”
The project features portraits of students as they pass through the infamous metal detector that has been a fixture at John Jay High School for more than a decade. Overseen by a small group of city schoolteachers and employees behind IntegrateNYC4Me, a grassroots advocacy group, this self-dubbed task force has been meeting on weekends to paint and plan a public forum coinciding with its unveiling in May. Read the full story here.
Collegiate junior Dante Tyson, 16, stands underneath a sketch of the school scanner. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate senior Feyisola Oduyebo, 17, right, and her younger sister Lola Amusa, 14, a freshman take a break from painting the new school mural. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate juniors Dante Tyson, 16, and Jamal St. Rose, 16, brainstorm ideas for public forum at a recent mural meeting. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate students paint the outline of one of the student portraits.(Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate junior Asiyah Farhane, 16, a member of student government, and one of the lead members of the mural project, is one of the students being portrayed in the new school mural. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Mural artist Alicia Martinson projects a photograph of the mural drawing for students to sketch onto the school walls. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
A photograph of the mural drawing is projected onto the wall for students to paint over. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate freshman Lola, 14, and junior Dante Tyson, 16, paint the outline of the new school mural. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
“Students Not Suspects, No Scan Zone,” are among the possible event titles for a public forum the group will host to coincide with the mural’s unveiling in May. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Juniors Dante St. Rose, 16, left, and Dante Tyson, 16, sketch portraits of themselves onto the school wall. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
A cartoon drawn by a Collegiate student depicting the school scanner hangs in the social studies classroom. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Collegiate students come together on a Sunday afternoon to begin the initial sketches of their latest mural. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Junior Zannatul Nur, 16, a junior at Collegiate who got involved in the mural project through the encouragement of her friend, fellow junior, Asiyah Farhane. Both girls say this mural represents “their story.” “When we see the mural up it will represent our part in getting rid of it,” said Nur. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo).
Hayden Mosher, 13, an 8th grade student at Collegiate, feels the scanners are unconstitutional. He’s one of the middle school students actively involved in the mural project sponsored by Integrate4MeNYC. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo)
Brother and sister Ethan, 13, and Drew Moskowitz, 11 take a break from mural painting. (Photo: Cassandra Giraldo).