Local Chamber announces business of the month

Each month the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will highlight a member deserving of special recognition. For the month of April, officials are pleased to announce the Riverside School Association as the Chamber Business of the Month.

Riverside School Alumni Association began in 1978 and evolved into a community organization and restoration project in 2008. It is an Elkins-based non-profit organization, and has received a West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Development Grant for the rehabilitation of the historic Riverside Black School located on River Street and Kerens Avenue. The Riverside School Association joined the Chamber in 2009. The Board of Directors currently consists of seven members and the reunion organization has approximately fifteen members.

The mission of the Riverside School Association is to create an archive and history of Riverside, to restore the original River School building, and to convert it into a historical venue that can be visited and enjoyed by the school’s graduates and their descendants, as well as the entire community; and to preserve a large portion of the rich black history of West Virginia, containing video and pictorial displays of faculty, students and activities.

The Riverside School Association offers a number of music and dance programs, as well as the Riverside Blues Festival, which is held in conjunction with Blues Week each July. It offers a selection of some of the best blues bands in surrounding states.The Riverside Blues Festival began in 2009 and has grown into their main fundraiser with over 1,000 people in attendance each year. This year’s Blues Festival is being held at Riverside School on River Street on July 19.