Dublin Community Preschool is hoping to celebrate 40 years with something new.

Dublin Community Preschool is hoping to celebrate 40 years with something new.

The school at 81 W. Bridge St. in the Dublin Community Church has been raising money to get students a new playground.

"Our goal is $15,000 from the school community parents and students," said Danielle Hoefling, assistant director of the preschool.

"Dublin Community Preschool is going to match the other half. It will be around $35,000."

The playground is set to be installed this summer, but that won't be the only new thing on the grounds.

As part of playground fundraising, murals are underway that will line the walls of the playground.

Teacher Meredith Rugg came up with a season theme and with the help of Dublin artist Eric Cacioppo, tile-making for the mural is underway.

"The tiles will be hung on a big board and that will be hung on the playground," Hoefling said, adding that $6,000 has been raised so far for the project that has tiles up for sale.

Last week families gathered at the school for a tile night, to cut and decorate tiles for the mural that will depict the four seasons in a woodland setting.

"About 70 families are involved," said Lindsey Michaels, vice president of the preschool board.

"We have about 280 (students) enrolled so it's a good percentage of families," Michaels said.

"We have some alumni coming back and doing it."

During the Jan. 21 tile night, clay was thrown, shapes were cut and families pressed items such as shells, Legos and small toys into the clay to create different textures.

"We had a whole bin of stuff -- keys, Legos, shells -- they really make cool impressions in the clay," Michaels said.

She said the process of making the four large panels for the mural has been simpler than expected, thanks to Cacioppo.

The Dublin artist, who is also an art teacher for Westerville Schools, has figured out a process for the community art over the course of doing seven other large murals.

"I figured out the process so kindergarten, first and second grades all the way up to parents will be able to do it," he said.

"It all cohesively comes back together."

Many people will work on tiles, that will soon be glazed, painted and then glazed again before they all come together to create a larger piece of artwork, he said.

"I'm a community artist," Cacioppo said. "I work with people to create their own art.

"I guide people to create the work," he said.

Michaels is hoping to see students examining the mural once it's complete and perhaps even finding he tile they completed with their family.

"This is one of the few places that values of things that matter to kids," Michaels said of play and friendships.

"We're like a big family here."