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Photo: Bill Shaw
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Photo: Bill Shaw/Indiana Public Media News
Fairview Elementary School has been in the community for more than 80 years and the 2010 school year brings new changes. Teachers and students are celebrating the new computer lab, media center and gym.
Erin Ritchey, a second and third grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, said the students also have a renewed spirit about learning. “It’s wonderful and very exciting that everything is new. The students in the community really deserve this facility and what it offers especially the technology,” said Ritchey.
Part of the students’ new attitude could be attributed to the artful learning program that aims to make learning more creative. Staff at Fairview Elementary School have taken several training courses to incorporate artistic strategies into the classrooms with music and pieces of art.
A portrait hangs in the office at Fairview Elementary as a reminder of the hard work it took to get to this day. One that Principal Karen Adams said was definitely worth the wait. “The first time we started working with the architects was in the spring of 2008,” said Adams. She said she was adamant about various portions of the school and layout. This is the third Fairview building now located on 8th and Rogers St.
Ritchey said Bloomington is the only artful learning program in the state. The school’s enrollment has already increased from 235 students in the spring of 2009, to more than 270 with 20 additional students expected to begin by the end of the week.