Murals Revealed: A Buzzing in the Bronx


CWP second graders at P.S./M.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera Jr. School in the Bronx have been buzzing since last spring. Eight murals the students made with the guidance of their Teaching Artist Valerie Hallier are ready to share with our community.

The murals are part of A Buzzing in the Bronx, the students’ anthology of writing and visual artwork around the theme of community and citizenship. Their ideas about community, identity, togetherness, empathy, heroism, and service to others are threaded throughout these lively, colorful, and touching murals.


Colorful painted mural showing a city in the back ground with a biug filed of kids in the foreground with the words Community is peace, quit and loud, it is different people, growing together. It is our love.

Community is Peace
Quiet and Loud
It is Different People
Growing Together
It is Our Love

Colorful painted mural of mountain landscape

From a Towering Mountain
To the Depths of Atlantis,
We are Universally Fantastic
Brains Exploding
From Bravery

Colorful painted mural of a community classroom

Go To The Park Together
And Have Fun
Ride Bikes Home and Make Food
Share Popcorn and Watch Movies…

Colorful childrens mural showing kids working together and helping each other

I Will Help You
If You Need Help

Colorful childrens painted mural ofa fantastical landscape with mythical creature

I Would Like
To Help An Animal
Because If One Gets Lost
I Can Save It

Colorful painted mural by kids showing two people in front of the planet with stars and clouds in the sky

It’s Wild Working
Together With The
Smell of Success in the Room
You Know it’s Teamwork
You Know it’s Dreamwork

Colorful painted mural by kids showing the urban and country landscape with happy people

The Ones Who Raised Me
And Smush Danger
Under Their Feet
Los Mas Fuertes Del Mundo

A colorful painted mural of a hospital showing all the rooms where patients are getting well.

Beautiful Hospital
I Want To Solve
World-wide Cancer
So Everyone Can Have Peace
And No One Will Be Sad