Just walk or drive by the Vine Street School and you will immediately notice that we are under construction! This summer has been an exciting time as we watch the Bangor Schools’ Maintenance Department work with Bangor Public Works and private contractors to update our facility. When students return in the fall, they will be thrilled to play on the new playground that is being installed on the Larkin Street side of the building. The new structure offers students the opportunity to build important skills while having fun. Perhaps the most anticipated piece of equipment will be the new swings!
Maybe less exciting for students, but certainly not for staff, are the improvements to the building itself. The new roof has been installed (no more drips!). A new phone system will be in place in time for the start of school (good-bye static on the lines!). The gym is also under construction with a new floor, fresh paint, and a new set of curtains. This project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Open House on August 29th (Physical Education teacher Mr. Pangburn cannot wait!). The kindergarten wing is having all the classroom bathrooms remodeled with fresh tile and new paint (they are going to look great!). Second grade teacher, Mrs. Clark, and third grade teacher, Mrs. Gilpin, have a special treat for students when they return–updated Promethean Boards (imagine the possibilities!) While all of these projects were much needed and will contribute to both student learning and overall safety, Principal Silk’s favorite project is the restoration of green space between the library and the kindergarten wing. This environmentally friendly project will allow the ground to slow rain down, spread it out and soak it into the soil. This space will provide for an outdoor classroom where students can connect what they are learning about water with practical applications. The new green space will be great for the environment, for the city sewers and for the problems the Spring rains caused each year in the kindergarten wing.
Please plan to join us August 29, 2016 from 5:00-6:00 for an Open House where you can see all the new improvements for yourself. What a great way to start our school year!