WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The mural serving as the backdrop for Westborough's annual Free Holiday Store is the work of a group of Mill Pond sixth-graders.
The group was led by guidance counselor Karen Hong, who said the students wanted the store to feel like the "lavishly decorated" department stores.
"They wanted the Holiday Store experience to be warm and welcoming and caring," a statement said.
The mural depicts children playing, gingerbread men, snowmen dancing and snow falling on the winter scene.
All the work was done outside of academic class time, when the students could have been "having fun or taking a break," according to the statement.
"It is their way of wishing 'Happy Holdays' to the families visiting the Holiday Store."
The store, which opened Monday, Dec. 3, is run entirely on community donations.