ECC Music Wall Gets Makeover

By Lilly Roberson '21

Prior to the start of school – as Heritage Hall administrators, faculty, and staff were making preparations for the beginning of a new and unusual year – Middle School student Brody Offel was looking for a way that he could contribute to our school community. 

One day, while helping his mother (Heritage Hall Associate Director of Admission Heidi Offel) with tours in the Early Childhood Center (ECC), B. Offel noticed that the beloved outdoor music wall had rusted and was full of wasp nests. To be usable by children, the wall needed to be refurbished. The pair immediately  jumped into action.

Turning to Pinterest for ideas, the Offels were quickly drawn to the most brightly colored and engaging walls. “Once we had pictured in our minds how we wanted the wall to look, we took measurements and headed to Lowes for building materials, and then to stores like Dollar Tree and 5 Below for items that made noises and would be of interest to the kids,” B. Offel said. A week later, the new music wall was constructed, hand painted, and ready for little ones.

“Between mask breaks and outdoor learning opportunities, we’ve been spending more time in our outdoor area this year. The music wall is interactive, educational, and generates positivity. Students love it, especially the squeaky sounds that come from the bicycle horns,” observed ECC Director Barbara Leite. “The wall has made a big difference and we appreciate Brody and Heidi for their hard work. This initiative exemplifies the Charger Code in action.”
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