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A new, 30-foot mural depicting the plants and animals of Piedmont and the East Bay took center stage Monday during a dedication ceremony at Beach Elementary School. The mural, a true community effort, is part of a series of improvements paid for with bond money from the Piedmont Unified School District. Top left, new Beach Elementary School Principal Michael Corritone, left, cuts the ribbon to unveil the mural. Top right, Pear Michaels, who organized the design of the mural, talks about raising funds for the mural and the work that went into completing the two-year project. Above, past and present students, parents and teachers admire the artwork.


Pear Michaels, who designed and executed the new mural at Beach Elementary School, talks about raising funds for and completing the two-year project during
Pear Michaels, who designed and executed the new mural at Beach Elementary School, talks about raising funds for and completing the two-year project during an unveiling ceremony, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Piedmont, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)


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Beach Elementary School Principal Michael Corritone, left, cuts the ribbon to unveil a new mural at the school, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Piedmont, Calif.
Beach Elementary School Principal Michael Corritone, left, cuts the ribbon to unveil a new mural at the school, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Piedmont, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)