Nestled in SE Salem, we love our building’s tall, gabled ceilings with clerestory windows. Built in 1986 as part of the state-run training center for the developmentally challenged, the building is the last remaining structure of the original Fairview Training Center. It was originally named "The Possible Building" because (although community leaders at the time thought the project might never be completed) volunteers and donated money brought the project to completion. In 2004 (Heritage School's first year on-site), the 5,400 square foot building received extensive renovations.
Within the building, teachers and children make use of a large art room, a library, a science room, a math room, a writing center, a computer room,, a kitchen, and an open hallway space. Painted in bright colors, the walls hold student writing and artwork for all the community to enjoy. Our library holds over 10,000 titles and is continually updated. The computer lab holds several desktop computers, while Chromebooks are also available for student use, as needed. Children and parents care for the building and its grounds, and lovingly recognize the space as their educational home.
Our school’s many windows allow a pleasant, light-filled view of the fenced play area (also adorned with student artwork). A large stand of native Oregon oak and redwood trees provide shade for the two acres our school occupies at Fairview. There is ample space to build forts, play games, and study nature. The attached covered patio spans the eighty-five foot length of the building, allowing plenty of room to exercise even during rainy weather. Opportunities for science excursions abound, as a creek and wetlands are within walking distance. Pringle Creek is just a short distance away. We have investigated water quality, measuring stream health, oxygen content, etc. For the past several years, we've also raised salmon fry given to us by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and released them into Pringle Creek with the hope that they will eventually make their way to the Pacific Ocean.
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