Dreams" was donated to Valley
View Elementary School in Newhall, California. The 8' X 30'
mural was installed in the California
Children's Services Therapy Unit that is housed within the school
and depicts extreme adaptive sports showing how children can participate
in horseback riding, snow skiing,surfing and jet skiing.
Besides creating a stimulating and beautiful enviornment
with in the CCS therapy unit, the goal of this project was two fold.
First, was to develop a project that would create a platform for
full inclusion particiapation for the student body at Valley View.
Second, was to create awarness of healthy and dynamic outdoor opportunities
for youth with disabilities and their families that they could be
This project successfully obtained all the goals
that Gayle Abril, the principal of Valley View, and I had discussed
during our pre-production meetings. Watching the 6th grade "Peer
Tutors" working with the students with special needs, interacting
with them as though they were regular kids was fantastic. We witnessed
the barries of communication fall as the students spent more and
more time with each other. Every 6th grade class along with every
special ed class participated in painting of this mural. It also
created such a sense of ownership for all of the students, teachers
and teachers aides who participated. The mural was painted during
school hours taking seven days to paint, one day to install, and
one day for touch up. The project was so large that all of the students
with special needs were allowed to paint multiple times with different
Peer Tutors through out the week. The fact that Gayle Abril allowed
the mural to be painted during school hours allowed for the ease
of participation. Doing a project like this as an after school event,
makes it difficult for the special needs students to participate
due to their transportation issues.
The mural created a lot of awarness about other
physical activities that are available for children with special
needs . We were asked daily if skiing and surfing are really possible.
It was fun to pull out photographs of my own daughter Kara Lynn,
and share with each person how these sports are possible. I hope
that this mural will spark the imagination of all the parents, teachers
and therapist who view it to seek out other adaptive possiblities.
To all the students of Valley View Elementary School in Santa Clarita
who participated in painting the Adaptive Dreams mural!!!
I want to give special
thanks to Romona Jordan and the staff of CCS for their support during
the painting of this mural. We would also like to thank GP
Color for printing and providing the vinyl, Vista
Paint for suppling the paint and the Randall/
McAnany Company for installing the mural.
a wonderful experience you gave to our students! It was a gift to
watch our sixth grade students work hand over hand with our students
with special needs. Your work will inspire the children for years
to come in Santa Clarita who receive therapy through California
Children’s Services here at Valley View.”
- Gayle Abril, Principle of Valley View Elementary School
If you are interested in the adaptive sports depicted
in the mural, you can contact the organizations by clicking on their