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Have you ever been inside Riverton Elementary School in Portland, Maine? It’s different than most schools you’ll walk into thanks to LBJ and Maine’s late great Senator Ed Muskie. So, what did they do to make it so unique?

Well, back in 1966, during the Johnson Administration, federal dollars were spent to support Great Society initiatives and Portland was designated one of their Model Cities.

Some of this funding went to building schools that functioned as community centers too. Riverton was one of those schools and it included a public library branch, swimming pool, health center, and community gym.

They believed schools could be neighborhood hubs; places where not only kids connected and grew, but helped everyone live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.

It’s a vision that’s more relevant than ever.

Wouldn’t you agree?