VANCOUVER, Washington - Teams of sixth-grade students from Discovery Middle School will paint large cement planters as part of a neighborhood beautification project on May 31. The painting will take place from 9:45 a.m. to noon along St. John's Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way in the Rose Village and Village Plaza neighborhoods.
The project, sponsored by the local nonprofit Americans Building Community, began with an invitation to local students to submit designs for the large planters. Approximately 90 students from Discovery, and Washington and King elementary schools submitted designs based on native plant life and indigenous geometric and floral patterns. Discovery art teacher Miranda Wakeman created stencils of the nine final designs, which have been transferred to the planters.
Mark Maggiora, executive director with Americans Building Community (www.abcinc.us) stated: "We're excited to once again have the art students associated with Vancouver Public Schools be an instrumental part of this project at Village Plaza, as they have on a number of community revitalization efforts in thF fourth Plain Corridor! The support of their teachers and district staff have provided opportunities for these up-and-coming citizens to learn what it means to have a hand in transforming their neighborhoods into great places to live, learn, work and play. They are demonstrating what it means to be part of the solution."