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Eagle murals in Tongue River schools mirror the students' stages of life

Eagle murals in Tongue River schools mirror the students' stages of life

*Feature photo: Brett Schwieder completed the newest in a series of eagle mural at Sheridan County School District #1 schools this summer, shown above at Tongue River Elementary in Ranchester. h/t Leslie Schwieder / Pitchengine Communities* (Ranchester, Wyo.) — It is uncommon for one elementary school, a middle school and a high school to share most of the same students over the years—much less a mascot. But as the tight-knit communities of Ranchester and Dayton watch their children grow from precocious kindergartners to graduating seniors, they are eagles the whole way through. With that in mind, Sheridan County School District #1 art teacher Brett Schwieder has just completed the third in a series of murals at the Ranchester and Dayton schools. The murals depict eagles in various stages of development, mirroring the students' own development through the years. "This was a really unique opportunity," Schwieder told Dally. "Our kids, just like eagles—they are all going through stages of life." The mural at Tongue River High School shows a full-grown eagle bursting through the school's brick wall, and was completed three years ago. At Tongue River Middle School, the eagle is primarily covered in brown feathers, but displays some of the white feathers that will crest its head, once full-grown. That mural was completed last summer. And at Tongue River Elementary, the fledgling eagles are in a nest, flanked by their parents, who are full-grown eagles. The eagles represent parent involvement in school at a young age, but also give the mural a majestic feel, Schwieder says. The project isn't complete, though. When he started, Schwieder had never painted so large a mural, or one that would be a permanent fixture on a school wall. But a fourth mural is in the works—a nest and eagle flying in the distance, slated for the high school student section of the gym at TRHS, which Schwieder hopes to complete with student involvement next year. [image: unnamed.jpg] *Cheer camp at Tongue River Middle School earlier this year, with Schweider's adolescent brown and white eagle mural in the background. h/t Tongue River Valley Community Center / Pitchengine Communities file photo* [image: unnamed-1.jpg] Mural a full-grown eagle bursting through the brick wall at Tongue River High School, the first completed by Schweider. h/t Tongue River Happenings