Parr Lumber helps kids map Portland

The kids and their mural.

A group of preschoolers stung by wasps have transformed their experience into a giant map of Portland, thanks in part to a donation by Parr Lumber. The Maple classroom at Growing Seeds, a children’s learning center in North Portland, was given two large sheets of plywood by the Northwestern pro dealer to transform into a mural of their favorite places in Portland. 

The mural project started when a few of the three-to five year olds got stung by wasps while walking around the neighborhood one day, according to their teacher, Jeffery Hotchkiss. “Their interest in maps continued for months afterward,” Hotchkiss said.

The mural features Portland landmarks of importance to the children, among them students’ homes, parks, Peacock Lane, downtown, the Rose Garden, all the bridges, Oaks Park and the zoo. The preschoolers unveiled their masterpiece at a dedication ceremony on April 12, 2012, at Parr Lumber’s flagship store on Martin Luther King Blvd. 

Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, Parr operates 38 facilities in Oregon, Washington and Arizona including pro/retail building material yards, contractor focused facilities and cabinet outlets. 


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