Caleb Daniel/Minden Press-Herald Chris Opp paints details on a mural at the J.L. Jones Elementary School library.

Chris Opp transforms the J.L. Jones library with a brush

Students at J.L. Jones Elementary School will return this fall to find their library has become a vibrant Louisiana swamp, complete with wildlife and characters from popular children’s literature.

Former Jones Elementary Principal Michelle Finley said the idea to have the library painted with a swamp theme came from a trip to the Model Schools Conference in Nashville last summer.

“Many teachers from Webster Parish went, including a big team from Jones,” she said. “They got really excited about some ideas they had at the conference: ways to motivate kids, to make kids


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