Joseph Williams Elementary School is now home to a mural of Harriet Tubman and Michelle Obama, who exemplify hard work and progress.
After five years of failing grades, the school has improved by two letter grades. Students tripled their achievement scores in science and doubled their scores in language arts and math.
The mural, which also features the students’ hand prints, serves as a reminder of what they can accomplish and to make them proud of their achievements.
“They love it,” said Maya Brown, a third grade teacher. “Just the fact that they get to be a part of something that’s created and that will be permanent here at their school.”