With a little encouragement from his wife, Mike Torres was glad to complete a cougar drawing last week for the cafeteria at Margaret Sheehy Elementary School where his daughter attends as a third-grader.
Torres has loved art since he was a child. So when his wife, Melissa, a noon-duty supervisor at the school, volunteered him to replicate the school's mascot on a freshly painted wall, he was glad to oblige.
"I like a little bit of everything, from drawings to airbrushing," Torres said Tuesday upon completion of the project. He used the logo of the school's cougar mascot as the basis for his drawing in yellow and black with a green border.
Sheehy Principal Lucrecia Sicairos said Torres took about six hours to complete the drawing outside cafeteria manager Debbie Bishop's office.
"It looks wonderful in there," Sicairos said. "The kids really loved it this morning. It's the first thing that caught their eye."
Torres, a state correctional officer, said he tries to stay as involved as he can at the school. Four of his children have attended Sheehy Elementary, and Torres praises the teachers for their excellence.
"It's awesome," Bishop said. "It will make the kids so happy, and that's what we are here for."
Sicairos said a number of people volunteer at Sheehy Elementary. A man volunteers as a yard-duty supervisor during lunch period and two people help out in the library, one a parent and the other an employee who comes in before work.
Other volunteers work in the classroom and some take home projects for the classroom. The school's volunteers are honored each April at a luncheon.
Melissa Torres said her husband loves to draw.
"It's his hobby; he likes art," she said. "He draws on everything. His daughter is a student here and he couldn't say no. We love Sheehy."
Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or email@example.com.