Llewellyn Elementary whips together a street fair
When its the late start day of the Portland Public Schools month, whats a school to do? Well, it could start late.
Or it could stage a one-hour bicycle/walking/wellness fair in the extra hour, and close a street to do it.
According to an organizer at Westmorelands Llewellyn Elementary School, Brian Buck, the idea had been germinating, but it only came together at the last minute – on Wednesday morning, May 18, when a permit to close S.E. 14th between Tolman and Duke Streets was granted for 9 to 10 a.m.
In that hour, 14th was marked off with chalk for a bike rodeo, with yoga ball races set up at the south end, near Duke Street; a slack line was set up to challenge kids balance at the covered outdoor court, where basketball was also in progress; quadricycle races were underway on the playground; and a few vendors were at tables along the sidewalk, next to the Llewellyn Student Jazz Band, which entertained.
There was a nice crowd on hand, and everyone had a lot of fun. At 10 a.m., school got underway, and the street was cleared and reopened. The one-hour street fair was over.