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.

A August 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Awesome!!!! So glad to see this nice stuff getting done for the kids at these schools! Good job Riverz Edge
English first August 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It is so colorful. Great idea.
A August 15, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Right???? I love it!!!!
David T August 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Lynne Beaudry August 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
A big thanks goes out to Riverzedge for undertaking this project! Our PTO is still hoping to get a playground built and this is a giant step toward keeping our children more active during their recess time!!
Russell Archambault August 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM
wow ! something well done, and smart. What a great learning tool while the kids are having real learning fun. Too bad the bernon PTO will undermine it with a mindless playground. Try buying pc's, for education, so these kids can keep up with the rest of the kids throughout the country.
Lynne Beaudry August 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Do you ever have anything positive to say?! You seem to have all the answers to all the problems in the city. Do you even volunteer for any organization?! It is not up to a PTO to provide PC's to anyone- we provide educational activities for students who may never get to experience one. Apparently you don't enjoy outdoor activities because I know plenty of children who will spend countless hours playing on playground equipment rather than sit in front of computer or video game. These kids know how to have fun & socialize with others AND it opens up their minds to a better education. Feel free to donate your time or money to a school so that they can buy them some computers but since the school department has cut out technology at the elementary level, they'll never get used!!
JJ August 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
The kids from RiverzEdge did a fantastic job!
A August 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Seems he has major issues with playgrounds at schools...Maybe we are getting to the route of his problem. He was traumatized as a kid at a playground at a school perhaps would be a good explanation why hes such a negative jerk about this.
Amy Lanctot August 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It's amazing how talented these kids are! Great job Riverzedge! I can't wait for the students to see the fantastic work!
Russell Archambault August 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
flinging acusations or trying to understand logic at the school level has always been a problem.. Great Sentence " since the school department has cut out technology at the elementary level, they'll never get used!!" So kicking the can down the road as usual.I know, not your PTO's problem. If people would read the post thats been posted Half of your stupid arguments would be null and void. READ ALL THE POST ON THIS SUBJECT !!! One concern I did think about. At resess ,if all the kids are going out at the same time, being in this small area, seems to me that someone will get hurt. One last thing I do have some answers, but parents would not agree to them because they would have to allow change. Thats been proven every time someone tries to solve a problem at the school level.I did look at the new equipment and it is beautiful. Now read all the post written.
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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