‘Art & Pie’ feeds BV coffers

       The Art & Pie Night at Buena Vista Elementary raised more than $350 April 17. Parent volunteers Lynne Casebeer (left) and Liz Kinney help
students Evan Kinney (second from right) and Zach New get
their just desserts at the Buena Vista Art & Pie Night April 
17. 
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       The money, coming from donations, silent auctions of homemade pies and sales of pie slices, will help the school's efforts to fund enhancements in the school's “backyard.”
       “That was good, just off the pie,” happily commented Buena Vista Principal Brenda Barr-Smith. She and parent volunteers had baked the pies.
       She estimated that about 50 families, “plus neighborhood folks,” dropped by for the event, in which student artwork was also on display throughout the school's buildings.
       The school's Backyard Project, which has an overall price tag of more than $100,000, is to include a greenhouse and garden area as well as various playground enhancements, based on plans put together by parents and school officials. To cover the costs, the school is also looking into grants and can use “site-based” money (provided by the district to use at a school's discretion), according to Smith. She hopes to have the first improvements in place during the next school year.
       The night provided a historical marker as well. One of the visitors was a man who said he had started kindergarten at Buena Vista in 1924. He was surprised to see the main building has a second floor. That helps narrow down the mystery of when the second floor was added, Smith pointed out. “Now we know it didn't happen till the '30s, at least,” she said.

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