National Honor Society and Be the Change Club students unveil a mosaic Nov. 28 at West Bloomfield High School.

National Honor Society and Be the Change Club students unveil a mosaic Nov. 28 at West Bloomfield High School.

Photo by Deb Jacques

WBHS piece encourages students to ‘Be the Change’

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 29, 2018

 The mosaic sits in West Bloomfield High School’s atrium.

The mosaic sits in West Bloomfield High School’s atrium.

Photo by Deb Jacques


WEST BLOOMFIELD — Just beyond the entrance of West Bloomfield High School, down a little ways, you will find a colorful, circular tile mosaic in the school atrium.

Symbols on the mosaic circle are representations of the school — an anchor logo; the school mascot, Lyle the crocodile; and a quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

The mosaic, 48 inches in diameter, was created by Farmington Hills-based artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dani Katsir, of the West Bloomfield-based Danika Designs.

During the mosaic reveal and unveiling, students from the National Honor Society — who were pivotal in the development of the mosaic — school administrators and community members gathered to see it.

“We were inspired by the quote, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world,’” Zachary Crawford, president of the Be the Change Club at the school, said that day after the event.

He said that Kaplan and Katsir created the “amazing” mosaic that captures the essence of the positive message they want their peers to aspire to each day.

“It is imperative in the world we are growing up in that we remember the importance of random acts of kindness,” Crawford said.

He said that a smile and kind words can go far.

“We hope this mosaic will act as a constant reminder to everyone who passes it that it is up to us to make the world a better place,” he said.

The mosaic cost $5,000, which was funded by donations, including ones from the school’s Be the Change Club and National Honor Society, and LaFontaine Automotive Group, which was also part of designing the new mural.

The Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition was integral in developing the ongoing relationship of support with LaFontaine Automotive, which includes supporting the Be the Change Club, among other things.

LaFontaine gives a certain amount to the Be the Change Club annually so it can run and have a teacher/sponsor.

Because the club had leftover funds, its members wanted to do something for the school, and so they combined their funds with NHS funds to create the mosaic.

National Honor Society President Suela Sefa said during the event that both clubs strive to “do good,” and both “believe in being an upstanding citizen.”

“As leaders, we encourage everyone to treat each other with kindness and sensitivity. We are proud to be part of a diverse school that inspires collaboration and creativity,” she said.

WBHS Principal Pat Watson said that the school encourages its students to be contributors, critical thinkers, communicators and collaborators. The mosaic brought out the students’ skills, from concept to unveiling.

“How do you leave a legacy and involve the whole community and use the whole school as a beacon to the rest of community?” he said. The mosaic was the answer to that question through the collaboration of students and community members.

Kelley LaFontaine said she is “super proud” to be a part of this mission.

“Something we always believe in: making a difference and inspiring kids,” she said. “Anything where we can be surrounded by that is awesome.”

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