News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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New Castle, DE 19720
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Wilmington University Students Roll Out Logo for Buttonwood School

Students in Wilmington University’s Commercial Art and Design course recently got a firsthand opportunity to contribute their design skills to the local community.

The three students – Scott Martin, Melissa Molitor, and Nick Coll – developed a new logo and branding materials for the Buttonwood School, once a blacks-only school in New Castle that’s now been turned into a museum.

The students worked under the direction of instructor Gail Piazza. They were honored at an awards banquet on April 20, which included the official unveiling of the new logo. 

Also in attendance at the banquet were Eugene and Teel Petty, the couple primarily responsible for revitalizing and restoring the Buttonwood School. Both attended the school as children. Eugene Petty went on to become New Castle’s first black police chief and Teel Petty currently sits on the New Castle City Council. These longtime stewards of the school were honored for their dedication to preserving its heritage with a $5,000 grant from the New Castle County Council.

Tom Hurd, representing Wilmington University’s Green Team, read letters of gratitude from dignitaries like Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Beau Biden, whose schedules did not permit them to attend the ceremony in person. Joe Biden is a longtime friend of Chief Petty.

“It is hoped that the new logo and branding will allow the school and museum to attract visitors and continue to be a community center and beacon for the Buttonwood area in New Castle,” Hurd said.

For more information, contact Tom Hurd at

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Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - New Castle, DE