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Oakridge Elementary celebrates 50 years
Arts in education » Students from across valley choose the school because of its creative learning environment.


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"We want it so that they’re not just hooked up and punching keyboards," she said. "They’re doing, and they’re creating."

Parent Denice Osterloh said she’s willing to drive her kids all the way from Sandy because of the way the school is able to integrate art and music into different aspects of learning.

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About Oakridge Elementary

Built » 1962

Architect » Woods and Woods

General Contractor » Culp Construction Company

Cost » $659,591

Area » 7.97 acres

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"The curriculums work and intertwine; it makes for a good learning environment," Osterloh said.

Aubri Moench, reading specialist, has four daughters attending the school. She said the music program is so effective because of Krehbiel.

"Her program has a specific scope and sequence she builds every year," Moench said. "My girls sing at home, sing on the bus, sing in the car all the time because of her."

At the celebration, people could purchase tickets to put into drawings for prize baskets that the classes put together from donations. The baskets were all themed such as reading, sports, camping, arts, etc.

"Aubri Moench was the parent that headed up that project," Krehbiel said. "The patrons really support the arts here."

Many of the parents were students at Oakridge themselves, and some of the students who went off to junior high like to come back for the art show.

Oakridge has many specialists who work side-by-side with teachers in various disciplines. Jameson called the Oakridge environment the "perfect storm."

"The community has also been dedicated," Jameson said. "The principal, parents and faculty, it’s everybody working together."


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