Geography lesson: Eagle Scout Tanner Mayfield plays a game with a group of Harris Elementary students on the colorful map of the United States Tanner painted on the playground. The map and one like it at St. Michael School will give kids a fun way to bone up on their geography and knowledge of state capitals. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Aiming for knowledge: Harris Elementary third-grader Wesley Harmon tosses a beanbag onto a large-scale map of the United States during a game to test students knowledge of U.S. geography. The object of the game with Eagle Scount Tanner Mayfield: Correctly identify the state's shape by scoring a bull's-eye with the beanbag. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — When Casey Hunt looked at the newest addition to the Harris Elementary playground Wednesday morning, he didn’t see the result of 149 hours of work or 12 gallons of paint.
To the 8-year-old third-grader, the hand-painted 35-foot map of the United States just looked like a whole lot of fun.
During an interactive activity Wednesday, he quickly identified Florida, then asked his buddy, Tyler White, also 8, if he’d ever been there on vacation.
“They have hot tubs,” Casey declared with a knowing look.
The multicolored map – and a matching one at St. Michael School just a few miles away – is the handiwork of Tanner Mayfield, 17.