Riverside Elementary raises more than $2,500 for fine arts program


Riverside Strings members perform Tuesday in Riverside Elementary School’s multipurpose room during the second annual Art Night and silent auction. The event raised more than $2,500 for the school's art program. Pictured are Coleman Gillis, Ashley Roberts and Aubrey Tew.

Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Riverside Elementary School has $2,500 extra to support its creative programs, following Tuesday’s second annual Soaring with Art silent auction.

Among auctioned items were students’ original artwork, local artists’ contributions and business’ gift certificates and donations. Abstract paintings, a patriotic wreath from third-grade teacher Laura King and painted umbrellas made by Debbie Shipp's first-grade class were some of the selections.

The Shoal River Jazz Band, Riverside Strings and student solos served entertainment for attendees who helped support fine arts education.

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"We are trying to build an art program in our school because we don't have one," said event organizer and Title 1 instructor Bridget LaRue. "We need supplies every year because with 950 students we have in this school ... supplies go very fast."

Many parents attending said they wanted to support the school’s cultural curricula.

"Creativity is so important ... art definitely promotes that," said Kelli Burgess, who attended with her 10-year-old son Kevin. "I am all for people being creative; I think it’s great they do this here."

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