Graffiti Club leaves its mark on D.S. MacKenzie School

Students at D. S. MacKenzie got the creative juices flowing Thursday afternoon.

Over the last month or so, the young artists have been working on paintings on a “graffiti wall,” a temporary wall put up at the school while renovations are underway.

Grade 8 students Sadaf Iqbal and Emma McKeeman told CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active about their painting of an astronaut holding the planets as if they were balloons.

“It gives people a way to express [themselves] and to decorate the school more so it’s not just a boring old wall.” McKeeman said. “Before this was put up, there was a whole set of mirrors and stuff and now we’re redecorating it in a new way.”

The project also brings the students together, Iqbal said.

“It’s kind of is fun to paint and it makes it look cool. Everybody walks in the hallways and looks at your art and is like, ‘It’s amazing!'”

Teacher Chantelle Brownlee has been watching over the club as members works on the walls in the construction zones around the school.

“It’s been amazing for me. I don’t really know what I expected out of it, but they have blown me away.” Brownlee said, “To watch it grow I think is the coolest thing. One day they’ve just got a sunset and the next day they add layers and layers.”

Renovations are expected to last until the end of May. The contractor is working with the school to maintain the art for students who may want to take it home after construction is over.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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