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Riverview Raises $1,450 for Children's Hospital Art Mosiac Project

Riverview Elementary raised $1,450 for the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo mosiac art program and presented their check live on KISS98.5 radio station at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 5.
Riverview principal Claudia Panaro, teaching assistant Mandy Sampson, speech therapist Kathy Andrews, Peyton Langworthy, a student in Mrs. Danvir's class, Ryan Tasevski, a student in Mrs. Warthling's class and Assistant Superintendent Mary Beth Scullion presented the check. The students were chosen at random from among the Student Lighthouse Members who turned their permission slips in.
The colorful, smiling self-portraits of Riverview students will be part of a huge community mosaic art piece that will become a ‘Wall of Smiles’ centerpiece in the lobby of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital scheduled to open in 2017 in the medical corridor in downtown Buffalo. Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo will move there when the building is complete.
Mrs. Danvir's second graders The Oishei Children's Mosaic project has teamed up with Faces of Buffalo to use the self-portraits of Riverview students and thousands of others to create another larger image. Up close you will be able to see each self-portrait, but when you stand away from the image, you will see another image. You can see other Faces of Buffalo images at
Riverview students drew their portraits on a piece of paper that was provided by the Oishei Foundation, a specific size with specific directions. Students had complete design freedom to choose colors, background, if they were smiling, surrounded by stars or even wearing a hat. The drawing party at the school on April 8 was coordinated by speech therapist Kathy Andrews, who had heard about the project on radio station Kiss 98.5. Art teacher Deb Allen gave the students tips on how to draw a portrait.
“Riverview had to raise $1,000 for Children’s Hospital in order for our pictures to be included in the permanent mosaic art piece that will be in the main entrance of the new Children's Hospital. We exceeded that goal by $450. We could not be more proud of our Riverview students, families and staff for their commitment, generosity and support for this amazing project,” said Mrs. Andrews.
At work on portraits
“We are very excited about this worthwhile endeavor and to have our portraits included in the art piece that will be in the new Children's Hospital for many years to come,” said Mrs. Andrews. “The students enjoyed doing this.”
The staff and students of Riverview School feel especially honored to be included as they are one of 100 schools participating in the mosaic project.
Pictured (at top) with their completed drawings are Mrs. Danvir's second-graders Terence Harroun, Preston Pickard, Tyler Harkin and Peyton Langworthy.
Also shown working on their portraits are Simone Rouse, Corrina Bentley, Colin Briggs and Lucas Hartman, second-graders from Mrs. Walter’s class.