The Rolling Meadows community teams up to restore a destroyed high school mural

ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois — The joy of achievement turned to disappointment after vandals destroyed a colorful mural created by students at Rolling Meadows High School.

“I felt so sorry for all the people who worked on it and spent time on it,” said student Heather Stembel, who along with the Rolling Meadows community was devastated after vandals soiled her 92-foot mural.

“Just really feel for the kids who worked so hard on this mural,” added Rolling Meadows Park District Executive Director Kevin Romejko.

Art teacher Martha Nava was among the first to see the damage on September 23. The governess reported the ugly incident to the Rolling Meadows police and went looking for her students.

“People work so hard on these murals and people just decided to deface them for no particular reason,” said student Jade Lang.

Teachers, park district directors and community volunteers all gathered around the 40+ children who worked on this Kirchoff Road viaduct project, taking a paintbrush and undoing the damage.

“After the initial shock and heartbreak, I kind of decided that empowering the students to take it back was the most important thing in this situation,” Nava said.

It shows remarkable resilience and is a lesson for all involved in overcoming disappointment.

“We are defiant and we are strong at Rolling Meadows,” added one woman. The Rolling Meadows community teams up to restore a destroyed high school mural

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