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Mural Representing Community and School Spirit Underway

November 18, 2021

PETAL, Miss. – A large mural is underway on the side of Petal Fire Department Station 3 (facing Hwy 42), which will incorporate community and school spirit. The mural is the vision of Petal School District (PSD) Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon and Petal Fire Department Chief Joe Hendry.

The mural’s design will be a symbol of pride for the district and represent the mutual appreciation between PSD and the fire department in serving its citizens. The land where Station 3 is located (next to Petal High School) was donated by the district and last month, the Petal Fire Department began displaying the school panther mascot on Engine 3.

Dillon said the district has a great working relationship with the department and is appreciative of their ongoing support.

“It’s great to see the panther mascot displayed on Engine 3, and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished mural on the building,” said Dillon.

Brooke Bowden, art teacher at Petal Upper Elementary, who is designing and painting the mural, says she is incorporating community and school spirit in the design, which will read ‘Home of the Petal Panthers’.

“I am super excited about this project,” said Bowden. “I love the idea of connecting our community and schools together through art,” Bowden said.

The mural is nearing completion with final touches expected to wrap up after Thanksgiving.

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