SPARTA, NJ - Local artist, Megan Ferguson has shared her talents with Helen Morgan family.  She has donated her time and talent to paint a mural on the wall of the gymnasium and in Karin Rennie’s classroom. 

“It is an inspiring design with graphics and powerful words that took several hours to complete,” said Fifth grade science and math teacher Rennie.  “The results are amazing.”

Ferguson is originally from Fredon and attended Kittatinny Regional High School.  Her mother Renee Ferguson works at Sparta’s Alpine school.  She visited Helen Morgan last year to speak with Karen Kratina’s art students.  That visit sparked an interest with Rennie’s students. Ferguson was asked to return in June and do a project that involved painting the ceiling tiles in the classroom.

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“The children loved working with her and her artwork was very inspiring,” said Rennie.  From there the discussion grew to the possibility of painting a mural.  “We talked about the message that I wanted and, based on our conversations, she created the design.”

The mural in the gymnasium was funded by the Helen Morgan PTO.  The classroom was done out of pocket.

“My goal is to create unique pieces of artwork that inspire others and can help create positive energy,” said Ferguson.  “The best part about painting both walls at the Helen Morgan School was hearing about the reaction from the students the next day.  I would love to paint more pieces, doing them in places that other children can enjoy.”

Rennie summed it up, “My current students love the design.  I think it serves as a constant reminder that effort and motivation are key factors in personal success.”