- Judith McConnell
Mary Myers, the principal of the Gates Mills, Ohio, Elementary School suggested this building goal and worked with the staff at the school to develop ways for the students to reconnect with the community where they attend school. The Chagrin River runs prominently through the village, so this was particularly appropriate. Each grade level chose an aspect of the village to work with – Safety Forces, The River, The Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, the Library and the Nature Conservancy. The Art teacher, Heather Vokic, worked with a local artist, George Woidek from Young Audiences, to design a tile mural that all the children would have a hand in creating.