Loyola Village Elementary School in Westchester dedicated a new mosaic mural May 27th to complement a reading garden at the school.

Among the attendees at the mosaic unveiling ceremony were Michael Espinosa of the City of Los Angeles Public Works beautification grant office, Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer, and Darin Earley, director of the Loyola Marymount University Family of Schools.

Tabitha Fronk, a board-certified art therapist and certified child life specialist, in partnership with the booster club of Loyola Village Elementary School, was awarded a 2009 community beautification grant from the city’s Board of Public Works to create a collaborative mosaic mural, which is now on permanent display on the exterior wall of the main office building, facing the Wonder of Reading Library.

This mosaic, which features flowers and butterflies, will help to complete a peaceful reading garden, where students can enjoy reading in a comfortable, inspiring environment, which they helped create, school representatives said.

For several months, Fronk facilitated the collaborative process to create the mural with Loyola Village students. Since the start of the project in April, Fronk worked with nearly 150 children, teachers, parents and community members to design the images, safely break and arrange tiles, mix and apply mortar, and learn firsthand about the grouting process.