RiverzEdge Artists Create Blacktop Games For Bernon Heights Schoolyard

Organization delivered on PTO request this summer.


When the students at return in a few weeks, they are in for a colorful surprise.

Youth artists at Arts Project have spent the last month working on interactive activities that have been painted onto the blacktop of the playground area of the school.

Earlier this spring, members of the Bernon Heights PTO approached RiverzEdge with the idea of creating something on the playground for the students.  The PTO wanted to give the students something to do at recess. Their idea was to re-create a map of the United States that used to be on the playground, along with other activities that RiverzEdge participants could design. From there, RiverzEdge designed other activities and went to work on the blacktop.

Beginning in early July and finishing up the final touches last week, RiverzEdge youth artists braved the heat and created vibrant and fun activities that will bring energy and activity back to the playground. Now, students at Bernon Heights will have a map of the US to play on, along with “maze tag”, 4 square, a basketball court, custom hopscotch, and “protractor run”.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Principal George Nasuti on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the school, located at 657 Logee St. in Woonsocket. All are welcome.

Russell Archambault August 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
A calling me a jerk, gives me a hint on what class your from. sorry I got that answer correct didnt I.
Russell Archambault August 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
If any PTO's in the woonsocket school system would like me to be a guess speaker at their meeting to show them how to solve some of their needs for the kids, I would be honored to help.
Lynne Beaudry August 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I read all of your contradictory post-Great job but our idea for a mindless playground undermines it! - is how I read ALL of your post! It's a slap in the face to those of us who work really hard to provide fun, educational things for the students with limited money and parental involvement. Bernon's 450+ population-( not counting Kindergarten students because they barely get enough education time as it is- thank you again to our school committee!) has 4 recess periods for all of 5 minutes each- provided a few misbehaving students don't lose it for the whole group. BTW our 1st PTO meeting is September 10 @ 6:30 if you'd like to provide us all with your wisdom & cures for a broken system. Or better yet, come spend a day & see how our elementary school is run by a great group of teachers & administrators who work their butts off every single day! Consider running for local office & put your money where your mouth is.
Michelle Higgins August 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Since my son saw the new painted playground last week we have been there twice to play... it certainly beats tv and it has gotten him a little more excited to go back to school seeing teachers coming and going as they prepare their classrooms !
Anne August 17, 2012 at 02:39 AM
As a parent and a teacher at this school ,who has been coming in and out to get ready for the start of school, I saw the Riverzedge Kids working on this addition to our school. Our students deserve to have a school that they can be proud of and that can help them to see themselves as valued learners. I would like to thank the PTO for continually making positive contributions to the experiences of our children. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to help this project come to fruition.


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