Rivermont Elementary School To Undergo Rapid Summer Renovations

Schools Seeking Community Volunteers

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rivermont Elementary School announced Monday that the building will undergo dramatic renovations during the week of July 24-29. The campaign, “Renovate Rivermont” will pair teachers with project leaders and volunteers to oversee the transformation of up to 35 spaces within the school or on the school’s 10 acre campus. 

“We have the opportunity to create an engaging environment for our children that is in keeping with the creative, STEAM focused curriculum we teach our children everyday,” Principal Nikki Bailey said.

Beginning June 22, designers and team leaders will tour the school and select the space they want to renovate, and be paired with a teacher for the project. Each team is then tasked with redesigning their chosen space and seeking out the volunteers and donations necessary to accomplish the job. On Aug. 7, the school will host a community celebration and open house to showcase the renovation. 

Strauss Company; COGENT Studio; T.U. Parks Construction; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc have already signed on to participate in the Renovate Rivermont blitz. Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. have developed a master plan for the entire campus, and last May, T.U. Parks built a new front office for the school. Together, COGENT Studio and Strauss Company designed and built a large STEAM Lab so the children would have a designated space to work on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) projects. 

"We imagine the new STEAM lab at Rivermont as a catalyst for improvements to the facility that will aid the amazing teachers at that school. We want to make a space that will empower those great teachers to bring the education standards to life," said Michael Prater, designer at COGENT

John Straussberger, president of Strauss Company said, “The Strauss Company believes in our public school system and is proud to play a small role in improving one of our community schools, Rivermont Elementary. The teachers and administrators are a great, hard working group. We are glad to have helped create the STEAM lab for the students to enjoy.” 

The Renovate Rivermont project will be completely volunteer driven. Therefore, the PTA and Rivermont Steering Committee are seeking community volunteers to donate everything from time, labor, materials and food to make the week long blitz a success. Anyone interested in participating can visit SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/vtRmsCk to register. For more information, visit the Rivermont Elementary Facebook page. 

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