The Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center and the St. Helena Advocacy for Parish Enrichment are working together to promote the town of Greensburg’s Art in Public Places Initiative.

The partnership was developed after St. Helena College & Career Academy students Javier Smith and Shy’Janae Hookfin and former student Gerald Holmes entered the Art in Public Places Contest earlier this year.

As a result of their participation, all students were invited by SHCCA Principal Reginald Douglas to paint murals throughout their new school.

The first phase began Sept. 10 and is scheduled to continue throughout the school year under the leadership of Nicolette Gordon, assistant area agent for SU Ag Center, and Jo’el Givens, SHCCA Gifted & Talented art teacher.

“We’re the Hawks — I would like to see a hawk breaking through and soaring out of the clouds,” Douglas said.

That’s exactly the concept Hookfin had in mind as she and Smith worked on a design.

Once the design was drawn on the wall with the help of Gordon and Givens, many students immediately wanted to chip in. Holmes even returned to his alma mater to add the finishing touches to “The Hawk.”