Forest Park School District 91 now has a new logo designed, in part, by a third-grader.
D91 school board members unanimously approved a design created by the Forest park-based Yearbook Studios at their meeting on May 10. The design firm re-imagined the new logo from a drawing made by Grant-White Elementary School student Nialiah, whose last name the district has declined to share.
“Amazing,” Nialiah said at the meeting.
The new design features five hands of various colors reaching toward an apple, with the various skin tones representing D91’s diversity. The five hands are intended to represent the number of schools in the district. Nialiah’s design was named winner in December 2017, after students, staff and community members cast more than 700 votes for her drawing.
D91 had solicited design proposals from students across the schools in October, and received 23 ideas. D91 spokeswoman Rebecca Latham, Superintendent Louis Cavallo and officials from the district office chose three finalists — one from each school — that Forest Parkers then cast votes toward.
“We want to brand ourselves, we want something that represents our district, and what better way to find what represents our district than to go to those folks that truly represent our district, our students,” Cavallo said.
Latham said Nialiah’s design will be rolled out over the district’s social media profiles over the coming weeks, and again unveiled during the district’s back to school event in August.
Board member Eric Connor noted that because the district used Yearbook as a design partner, it looked consistent with other branding in town. Yearbook designed the banners hanging on Madison Street, new logos for the soon-to-open Roos Recreation Center, updated insignia for the Forest Park National Bank and more.
“I really like that it’s not only identifying branding for our schools, it’s branding our school in Forest Park,” he said.