School is in

Schools are back in session here in Oregon and where I live the kids were treated to a new school. I’ve watched it being built over the past year and my husband documented the progress with his V-Pan 617.

and it begins

daily changes

the school is going up fast

paving the way

almost ready to open

I showed up on opening day and luckily managed to get inside when my neighbors showed up with their two daughters. I have to admit that I was not in love with the architectural design on the outside especially the nearly flat roof in our wet climate. Didn’t seem like a good idea. The primary colored bump-outs seemed like an expensive addition and unless they were used for reading nooks then also senseless.

the architects

colorful bump-outs

my neighbors walk to school

seeing her sister to her classroom

But then I walked inside and all I can say is “WOW”. It’s gorgeous. I want to enroll or maybe grab a cuppa and sit in the huge open library and read all day. I still don’t get the decision to put a slide in a library where I thought you were supposed to be quiet. It takes the kids from the second floor right down into the middle of the book-lined room. There’s  stadium seating with soft pillows for relaxing while reading. Who wouldn’t want to sit here.


the colorful birds nest holds seating for readers

the bird’s nest

looking across the library to the classrooms

to the second story

the library slide

And outside, there are playgrounds, equipment, 3 basketball courts and a garden. Yep, a garden! Raised beds for growing veggies and a little garden house. So the kids will learn about growing their own food and that can’t be a bad thing.

one of the playgrounds

outside stimulation

the garden area

Oh, and those bump-outs…..they ARE reading nooks complete with soft sofas and chairs. Where do I sign up?

I’d love this rocker

a reading nook

looking into one of the bump outs



About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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