Kendall Colors Helps High School Students Express Diversity

Posted April 20, 2010

Kendall Colors, a student diversity organization, helped at-risk students at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids express their diversity in a pair of murals created as a part of a series of activities presented by the Student Life Sub-Committee of the West Michigan Presidents ?? Compact.

Positive self-image is of particular concern to Kendall Colors president Chloe Holmes, a Furniture Design major and graduate of Ottawa Hills High School where many students struggle to graduate and attend college. With fellow members John Longchamps, Industrial Design and Lindsey Marcellus, Photography, Holmes presented an interactive workshop in which the high school students created imagery of what diversity meant to them. The three participating Kendall Colors members taught the high schoolers drawing methods, how to do laser printer transfers, and other techniques. At the end of the one-hour session, the high school students presented their murals to other students.

The murals, which measure approximately 15 ?? x 4 ??, are now on display at the Ottawa Hills High School library as a part of a display on diversity, pride, eliminating stereotypes and positive self-image.