Rivermont Elementary renovated ahead of new school year

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Hamilton County school was recently renovated, just in time for the school year.

From the hallways to the classrooms, everything about Rivermont Elementary School is new and improved. Principal Nikki Bailey says the renovation was much needed.

“When I got here a year ago, one of the most overwhelming things to me was our facilities and that it didn’t feel like a warm loving place to go to school. It felt like it had been let go and neglected,” Bailey said.

The school’s transformation was made possible with the help from twenty businesses and more than 100 volunteers.

“We have been blown away by the generosity and support from our community. So we had identified originally about ten areas that we designated as priorities that we were hopeful to accomplish those ten. And the outpouring just kept growing until we ended up with every single room in the building getting a renovation,” Bailey said.

With new furniture, rugs and materials, the school’s STEAM Lab also saw a major makeover.

“So we have been pushing our kids to learn more about coding and robotics, because most of the jobs they will be entering into will require those skills, but the environment that we had was not conducive for that,” said Christine Loveridge, Rivermont Elementary STEAM teacher.

The space can now be easily changed up, depending on what’s going on.

“It was important for us to do things like rip up carpets so that wheels could roll easily. It was important for us to get some tables in here that were flexible so that we could lower them and raise them for the different age levels,” Loveridge said.

While school hasn’t started yet, some students were able to get a sneak peek at what’s in store.

“You could just feel the excitement and energy. Everyone is excited. It is a whole new school,” Bailey said.

The principal’s grandfather was one the original workers who built the school more than 50 years ago.

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