Bill Cummings painted "Eagle" logo at Chapman School.
Photo by McKibben Jackinsky
Where have they gone, passersby wondered. Ninilchik tourists even stopped school principal Terry Martin to ask.
Well, ask no more. The logos of the school mascots at Ninilchik School and Chapman School are once again painted for the entire world to see on the sides of the buildings.
At Anchor Point's Chapman School, parent Cynder Navrot spearheaded the effort to get the eagle repainted.
"It's been gone for almost 10 years," Navrot said of the missing eagle.
Deciding it was time to return the symbol of freedom, courage, pride and numerous other positive qualities, Navrot approached officials of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
Ninilchik School's wolverine logo, painted on the school's exterior by Alan Holt of Soldotna, appears to break through the school's wall.
Photo provided by Debbie Poindex
"The district didn't want anything too big, so we had to downsize quite a bit and changed the design a little bit," she said of changes made to the original plan. "We took a picture of the eagle on the (school's) gym floor and put that on the building. I love it."
The painting was done by Anchor Point artist Bill Cummings. Samples of other work by Cummings can be found on the sign for the Anchor Point Wildlife Museum and at Anchor River Inn. He also painted the eye-catching white figures and accompanying designs on on Lazy Sun Tanning and Tours in Anchor Point.
"He's a great artist. Such a nice guy," Navrot said.
Although there was no money in the district's budget to get the eagle repainted, Chapman School's parent group pitched in to pay the tab.
"We have such a small, innocent little school," Navrot said. "We want to make our school look great, so we just wanted to get it done."
Ninilchik School's wolverine was originally painted on the side of the building by Erika Miller, a Ninilchik School graduate. However, like Chapman's eagle, it had been painted over. Its absence brought a steady stream of inquiries knocking on Martin's door.
"I've heard about (the original one) the entire time," Martin said of the hot topic since he transferred to Ninilchik from Nikolaevsk four years ago. "I've even had tourists stop and say, 'What happened to your wolverine?'"
With financial support from the Ninil-chik Domestic Engineers, Martin recruited Soldotna artist Alan Holt to bring the wolverine an animal known for its vicious, fierce nature back to life.
"Doesn't it look awesome?" Martin asked. "It's important to the school and the community at large. ... There were a lot of folks pulling for it. It's great to have it back."
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