Local students reimagine J.C. Penney signage

Local teacher Amy Schramm stands with Kemmerer Honor Society students Matthew McMillan, Zoe Horst and Afton Orvin during last week’s city council meeting, after the three students unveiled potential designs for new J.C. Penney signs. (COURTESY PHOTO/Brian Muir)

KEMMERER — Local Honor Society students and their advisor attended last week’s Kemmerer City Council meeting to present ideas for future J.C. Penney signage that city officials hope will attract more people to the area, including increased traffic at the retailer’s mother store and the local J.C. Penney Museum.

Ideas included a drawing of James Cash Penney, as well as another drawing of home store and a different font for the letters in “Kemmerer, Wyoming.”

“The city council likes the direction they are going,” Kemmerer City Administrator Brian Muir said. “They are now working on the wording of the sign and will be using the school’s wood shop to create them. The city will use funds donated by former J.C. Penney employees and other donors to pay for the materials.”

Muir said Honor Society students and others will donate their time, as well. Student Zoe Horst has taken the lead on the project, Muir said, and she presented the ideas to the mayor and council at the Feb. 28 council meeting.

Fellow students Matthew McMillan and Afton Orvin are also helping out, along with Kemmerer teacher Amy Schramm.

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