IGHMS Puzzle Project

Giant Puzzle Helps IGHMS Staff Members Through Pandemic
Posted on 01/30/2021
Completed puzzleWhen schools closed and the state declared Stay at Home orders in the spring of 2020, some Inver Grove Heights Middle School staff members looked for ways to reduce the uncertainty and fear that came with the global COVID-19 pandemic. IGH Middle School nurse Vicki Fisher and a few other staff found a massive 40,320-piece puzzle they could split up as a relaxing activity amidst all of the stress of the unknown. The 10 4,000-piece puzzle sections were divided among staff, both current and retired, as well as some family members of staff. Between April and September of 2020, the sections were assembled and ready to be connected together to create the final 6-foot by 22-foot result.

Rather than breaking the puzzle up upon completion, the staff who worked on it wanted to share it with students. The puzzle features scenes from 10 classic Disney movies that include a hidden Mickey Mouse silhouette in each scene. They found a spot in the Guidance Office hallway big enough to fit the whole piece, and IGHMS custodial staff and Simley High School industrial technology teacher Thom Fisher got to work finalizing it for display. The puzzle is now under a protective plastic frame along with a plaque that includes everyone who contributed. It is hung up in the counselor’s office hallway for students and staff to enjoy when they can return to the building.