Students at Vauxhall Primary School are the latest recipients of a beautiful mural designed by Crystal Phillips, the Senior Customer Service Representative at the Broad Street Branch of First Citizens Bank.
Head of Operations at First Citizens Bank Walwyn Williams said the refurbishment of the school’s playground, a donation of stationery and the unveiling of the mural was a part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
“We got together as an organization to paint this and revitalize the playground here at Vauxhall Primary School. The painting of the benches fits in well with our pillars of corporate social responsibility which deals with youth and education. Of course, the mural behind us fits into our community and cultural pillar,” Williams said, noting that the design was created by Phillips who got the idea from an internal competition at the bank.
“Crystal designed the painting… and then we got together as staff members to paint it. Crystal would have actually led that part of the project,” he said.
Phillips said the mural sought to display Barbadian pillars in society.
“We wanted to display the pillars which are youth and education and community and culture. We also wanted things that children could relate to which would entail the culture at Crop Over time. They would see different things like the Mother Sally and the Shaggy Bear. We [also] incorporated vibrant colors from our logo, something the children can easily identify with,” Phillips said, adding that creating the mural reinstated her passion for painting.
“This is an experience that I appreciated because it got me back into doing art which I love. Once they are able to appreciate it, see it and say this is something that we are proud of, I feel good,” she said.
New Principal of Vauxhall Primary School Patricia Springer said that she believed the mural will inspire students.
“I am extremely blessed. We greatly appreciate it because we believe in building up the total child not just the academics but the aesthetics as well. I am sure they will be happy to see something like this and it will help inspire them. Who knows, someone may decide that they want to paint something like this one day,” she said. (LG)