April 24, 2014

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Garfield celebrates 100 years with color

MEDINA — Garfield Elementary School just got more colorful. The Medina school, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, got a makeover for winning the Colorful Community Contest put on by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Gladiators and Lake Erie Monsters and Glidden Paint.

As a prize, the school had its entryway, halls and cafeteria repainted with vibrant greens, blues and oranges.

Cleveland Gladiators mascot Rudi and Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Sir C.C. sit and play with students at Garfield Elementary School Monday, May 6, 2013. The mascots visited the school to help celebrate a new paintjob makeover to three parts of the school, which won the 2013 Colorful Community Contest. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

“When we first heard it would be neon green, I was a little worried,” Medina school board President Karla Robinson said. “But it looks so nice.”

Garfield Principal Karen McGinty agreed.

“It’s great,” she said. “It looks nice, and it feels more engaging now, too.”

McGinty said her favorite part was a new fighting bee that Glidden painters put on a wall in the cafeteria.

Paint wasn’t the most exciting thing for students, though.

On Monday, the Cavs, Gladiators and Monsters brought in their mascots to hang out in classrooms, and the Cavs’ Scream Team — hip-hop dancers — performed in the gymnasium. Children also got to meet Campy Russell and Jock Callander, two former professional athletes.

The school won the contest by a popular vote of visitors to the Cavs’ and Monsters’ websites.

Garfield received 17,000 votes.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.