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For 5th-grader Tyler Barnes, art is more than just a school subject. It's a big part of the school itself.
All over Waverly East Intermediate in Lansing, you'll find picturesque murals and larger-than-life sculptures that Tyler has worked to restore since the start of the school year.
"We had to fix the head of the dinosaur since it was falling apart. We've been working on the whale, it was damaged and broken up," said Tyler.
Teacher Mary Herrbach works alongside Tyler on all of his projects. She says if not for his passion for art and willingness to upgrade the vintage sculptures, the school would have lost an important part of it's history.
"In 1993, they did it as an integrated approach to learning. Every year adding something to a different part of the building," said Herrbach.
But now it's Tyler building up both the creative look and positive feel of Waverly East, a talent and commitmment being recognized by both the staff and his classmates.
Once the Whale is complete, Tyler and Herrbach say they'll take on two more projectsm which they hope to have fixed up by the end of the school year.