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Riverton School Hosts Art Gala May 9

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Riverton School Hosts Art Gala May 9
Posted on 05/03/2019
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Riverton Elementary School will be hosting its Third Annual Art Gala and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 9, to raise funds to create a natural playscape for children of all abilities to enjoy. The event will run from 5-6:30 p.m. at the school, located at 1600 Forest Avenue, and is open to students, families and community members.

Available for viewing at the Art Gala will be more than 400 pieces of student artwork. Communal artworks created by each classroom will be auctioned off in the Silent Auction, as will items such as baskets of books, art from local artists, home goods  and gift certificates to local businesses. Donations have been provided by Rainbow Toys, Merrill Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Sea Dogs and local restaurants, including Bruno’s, Leonardo’s, Rosemont Bakery, and many more local businesses. There will be live music and entertainment.

Riverton currently has one playground for about 450 students. It was built 13 years ago and is designed for children age 7-12. It has just one handicapped swing and children using wheelchairs  find the playground difficult to navigate.

Plans call for building the new playscape on an open hill in the front of the school, near classrooms for children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. It would also be near classrooms for students in the school’s Bridge program, which serves students from around Portland with disabilities that impact their ability to access a typical playground.  Since Riverton is a community center as well as a school, the playscape can be used up to 15 hours a day, year round, by all of Portland’s families.

The new playscape will be more accessible for students with disabilities as well as developmentally appropriate. The first phase of the playscape is underway. A sand river with a repurposed boat has been completed. A tree fort is being built and will be installed this summer.  This year’s  Gala will help raise money to complete phase one, with benches, edible berry bushes  and other plantings.