On May 21, 2019 Riverside Central Elementary School celebrated the unveiling of their Community Mural located on the front of their building.

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Riverside Central Elementary School’s students, staff, families, and community partners have been on a two-year journey to create a mural that is representative of our students, our school, and our community. This process included two, week-long artist-in-residence experience for all students during their art class. Students then designed their unique mini-mural. All 500 of these student pieces were displayed at the Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester where over 8,000 people viewed them. Using these works of art, GoodSpace Murals integrated student design elements and images into a mural draft. Our students, families, and community provided feedback, and the final design was created. Lastly, our students were able to actually “paint by number” on the mural during the second residency. We concluded our fall with a Community Paint Party at the Rochester Farmers Markets where roughly 500 people participated in painting.

On May 21st, we unveiled this mural with a celebration captured in this YouTube video.

This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of our community: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Youth Service America, Rochester Area Foundation, TimeLapseCameras.com, OLD ABE & CO., Rochester Framing & Fine Art Printing, Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester, United Way of Olmsted County, Think Bank, Turnaround Arts: Minnesota, Rochester Community Education, Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria, Baines Family, Lundak Family, Christie Greason, Angela Weyenberg, Helen & Chris Roland, Andersons Granite and Monument.

Byron High School 2019 Graduation Commencement will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the Byron High School Gymnasium.

Seven area high school graduates were presented with scholarships of $500 each from the Rochester chapter of Sons of Norway–Kristiania Lodge on Thursday, May 9, at the lodge meeting.