Shirpser Mural Unveiling

On a bright January morning Shirpser School students gathered to honor one of their own.  Cynthia Facio, proud 6th grade winner of the mural competition, was all smiles as she and her family were honored at the unveiling of the mural she helped to create.  Principal Lorraine Torres served as the event coordinator. She introduced El Monte City School District Superintendent, Dr. Maribel Garcia, who reminded the audience of mostly fifth and sixth graders, along with parents and other community members, about the importance education. 

Dr. Garcia introduced guest speaker L.A. County Board Supervisor Hilda Solis.  Solis, a resident of El Monte, explained to the students that the Board of Supervisors provides many services to the county that include health and education services and parks – specifically Mariposa Park.  Solis presented Facio with a special recognition certificate and congratulated her on her mural accomplishment. El Monte City Councilmember Victoria Martinez also addressed the crowd.  She spoke about the importance of the arts in education and how the mural was a good representation of that. 

Assemblymember Roger Hernandez, along with Shirpser School, served as host for the event. Hernandez visited the school last spring and shared his experiences of being a student there. He spoke to the students about the importance of reading and education in his life.  Hernandez asked students what they were proud of in their community and that sparked a lively discussion.  He then explained to students that he wanted to give them a gift –  a mural.  The theme of the mural contest was "Community Pride".  Each class submitted their top five entries and those were forwarded to the Assemblymember’s office.  Hernandez selected nine honorees, and the winner, Cynthia Facio. He then commissioned muralist, Dolores Haro, to create the mural on the entrance wall of Shirpser School.

At the mural unveiling, Hernandez recognized Facio along with nine other student honorees. He commented that many of the mural entries included Mariposa Park, the Valley Mall, Guadalupe Church and the police department – all good representations of the “Community Pride” of El Monte.

Other distinguished guests included EMCSD Board members Roberto Cruz, Cathi Eredia and Jessica Ancona.  EMCSD Deputy Superintendent Kris Olafsson and Assistant Superintendant Mike Raymond were also in attendance.

The event concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Facio, guest speakers and distinguished guests. Standing in front of the mural, they held an oversized pair of scissors, and cut the shiny green ribbon – a signal to all that the Shirpser mural is available for the community to enjoy. 


 Assemblymember Hernandez with mural contest winner Cynthia Facio.



 Pictured from left to right: Jessica Ancona, Maribel Garcia, Cathi Eredia, Roberto Cruz, Cynthia Facio, Roger Hernandez, Hilda Solis, Lorraine Torres, and Victoria Martinez.


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Event Calendar

Monday February 26, 2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
School site council
Tuesday February 27 - All Day
1st grade study trip
Thursday March 1, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Wednesday March 14 - All Day
spring picture day
Friday March 16 - All Day
Spirit Day - wear green
Friday March 16, 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Coffee with the Principal

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