Clow Elementary Mural Mom

Kids have wild imaginations, but sometimes adults do too.

Juong Cho’s turned her imagination into something real when she created one giant mural in the library at Clow Elementary School.

Cho moved to Naperville in the summer of 2013 because of her husband’s work. While she enjoyed the town, she felt isolated in her house.

“When I stay at home, I’m very lonely. Whole time watching drama, waste of time,” said Cho.

Eventually, her neighbor suggested that she volunteer at a school to help improve her English, but Cho was nervous because she’s very shy. Finally this December, she decided to give it a try.

“Juong was working on wall displays that we had typically hanging in our library and they were very restrictive and she’s an artist and we didn’t know that. So she asked if she could do some painting and I asked her if she could give me a sketch,” said Clow LMC director, Beverly Frett.

“And then, I couldn’t sleep at home, ‘oh my gosh what I doing now!?’ I had no idea yet but I looked through children’s books and then I collect many picture and then I showed the drawing, rough sketch, and then she was, ‘oh my gosh!’,” said Cho.

From there, the rest was history, Cho began painting a little bit every other day and after two and a half months, her creation in the library was complete.

But this mural didn’t just change the library, it changed Cho’s life.

“I came here last summer, but almost two years I have no close friends. I have them but I’m not satisfied. But this winter, so amazing. You know the children come up and, ‘I love your picture,’ ‘I love your paintings,’ my heart is, every time it’s, very moving, very good for me,” said Cho.

Cho hopes her artwork inspires the young students to keep dreaming big.


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