Following a Tokeneke School tradition, the 2012 graduating fifth-grade class recently presented a gift to the school of a mural painted on the wall of the library, which was dedicated to Tokeneke's long-time principal, Mary Lee Fisher, who retired last June.

Fisher, who was a former art teacher, had always dreamed of a mural on the walls of the school. So this gift has special significance to her, and she was on hand for the unveiling in front of all of the fifth-graders. The mural depicts a colorful scene which creatively integrates many different characters from classic children's literature, including "The Cat in the Hat," "Where the Wild Things Are," "The BFG," "The Giving Tree" and "Harry Potter," to name a few. It also includes some surprises which customize the art for the occasion and recognize the donation event and honor Fisher and her many years of service to Tokeneke.

The muralist is local artist Michael Kramer, who also attended the unveiling and dedication.

The mural was designed by Joslyn Delancey, a fifth-grade teacher who conceived the idea for the image to be painted, including characters and theme details and layout.

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The fifth-graders had voted on which characters to include in the mural. Kramer used Delancey's design as the basis for his finished piece, which also includes some of his own ideas and techniques to make the artwork come alive and tell a story.

The money used to commission the artwork was raised by the students, who put on a huge bake sale and well-attended Family Bingo Night in March. The fifth-graders wanted to include Fisher in their gift-giving, so this was a Tokeneke family-integrated event. The mural is now unveiled and available to be enjoyed by all who visit the school library for many years to come.