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New Mural Shows The Many Dimensions Of Raa Middle School

Man in blue suit and yellow tie stands at a podium in front of a large mural.
Tom Flanigan
Raa Principal Marcus Scott speaks during the official reveal of the school's new mural.

On the first day of class, RAA Middle School students will see a big, new mural on their school's front wall. The project was made possible by the current Leadership Tallahassee Class, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

The artists for the giant image, showing RAA's many educational offerings, were Sarah Painter and Cosby Hayes.

"It really has been an honor and special experience to bring the campus to life, and to have the kids come out and help paint was really special," said Painter.

"Maybe we can do more at all the other schools in the county," quipped Hayes.

The work had special significance for Leadership Tallahassee Class 37 Member Cole Zimmerman.

"I went to school here. My favorite teacher was Dr. Cramer."

And the area's School Board Member Joy Bowen thought it perfectly captured the school's spirit.

"The programs and ideals that are practiced in the classroom and the playing fields around Raa Middle School."

Built in 1960 and among the area's oldest schools, Tallahassee's Augusta Raa Middle School now sports the district's newest example of public art.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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