Tree of Knowledge grows in Centredale classroom

Tree of Knowledge grows in Centredale classroom

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Centredale Elementary School students in Sherry Lombardi's 3rd-grade class now have a colorful reminder to read permanently displayed on the classroom wall.

The Tree of Knowledge mural, painted by North Providence artist Greg DeGiulio, features animals reading books from all fiction and non-fiction content areas, including math and science.

Lombardi said the idea for a mural came first from a desire to bring some art to the classroom.

"We wanted some color on this wall," she said.

But the idea grew from there and ended up becoming a reminder to students to make reading a priority, something that is emphasized with the new Common Core State Standards, explained Lombardi, a North Providence resident who has been teaching in town for 22 years.

The mural, which took two weeks in October to complete, features actual book titles, like "The Kissing Hand."

"The kids really like it because they can relate to the animals," she said, like the red fox, the blue owl or the pig wearing glasses. "They realize now they can be reading both fiction and non-fiction books."

Students in the class are Emily Archilla, Jeremiah Cadet, Matthew Caranci, Ava Dorgan, Kylah Dos Santos, Jacob Fowler, James Gambardella, Camryn George, Stephanie Imad, Yassin Joof, Lily Kettelle, Courtney Leger, Zackary Lopez, Kevin McMahon, Jailyn Medeiros, Ryan Pallotta, Rebeka Perez, Dianazi Pinafernandes, Jason Reed, Andrew Santiago, Devin Van Stone, Anjle Williams and Sophia deJesus.