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Kids put their Hands On Government

Hands on Government tiles have been installed at the Keizer Civic Center. The project gets the name and birth year of Keizer children, and puts them on tiles. They raised funds for the Making Keizer Better foundation. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon Zaitz)

Tiles for the Hands on Government project were installed at Keizer Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The tiles are a project of Making Keizer Better Foundation as a fund raiser for their main event, RIVERfair.  The six-inch square tiles are painted with handprints in various colors.  Each tile has the person’s name and birth year—most tiles were completed by Keizer children over the past year at RIVERfair, the Iris Festival and other events.

Members of the board of Making Keizer Better who gathered to lay the tiles included Mary Sasaki, who led the project for the foundation, Jan Cline, Kim Beelsey, JoAnne Beilke, Jim Trett, Cathy Clark and Lyndon Zaitz.  David Brandt volunteered his time and supplies to fasten the tiles which are located on the sidewalk in to the south of the civic center entrance, in front of the offices of the Keizer Police Department.  One hundred fourteen tiles were laid.  The Foundation will offer sales and handprinting of tiles later in the winter, and at the 2011 Iris Festival and RIVERfair.

Alicia Self of Keizer, manager of the ColorTile store in Salem, donated the grout for the project. Born and raised in Keizer, she said she thought it sounded like a great project and had to help.