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East Providence elementary school gets a makeover

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Nicole Gerber



EAST PROVIDENCE - Last fall, the James R. D. Oldham Elementary School closed its doors. $2 million it needed for renovations couldn't be budgeted.

But this fall, the school moved to a new location on Bart Drive...what used to be a preschool. And today, volunteers from the Eaton aerospace facility in East Providence were on hand to volunteer their time...renovating the school for the students.

The project totals $108,000... $90,000 of which was donated by Eaton's charitable fund, and its executive leaders. The rest was from a federal grant obtained by the school's PTA.

75 Eaton volunteers renovated classrooms, installed playground equipment, did some landscaping, and even added some unique elements to the building.

"We're installing a rock wall, we're installing a dance system, a very elaborate dance system, and we're painting a very large mural on the wall," said Christine Long of Eaton.

"Being able to live another day even if it's in a new location is an exciting prospect for the students because it means they get to stay together," said Elaine Allen, Principal of the Oldham school.

School is currently in session and students are helping out by staying out of the way... they're eating lunch in their classrooms while this is all going on.

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