Schoolyard Improvement Committee

Mission:recessnight2012_0629

To surround our school with a dynamic, vibrant outdoor space for our kids and community to enjoy year-round.

Short-Term Goals:

  • maintaining the outdoor soccer and volleyball equipment
  • cleaning up school grounds (weeding sidewalks and seasonal tree trimming)
  • keeping the portables painted nicely
  • repairing the front steps of portables
  • adding bike parking to the front of the school
  • re-painting some activity lines on the blacktop
  • painting an outdoor chess board over a 4-square box on blacktop

We sometimes leverage the garden work parties and draw more potential volunteers for broader schoolyard cleanup in addition to the garden work.

Long-Term Goals:

In 2012, David Elkin drafted the below plan to improve our schoolyard including more trees and shade areas, a stormwater drainage area, a jogging/walking path, more seating, an outdoor classroom in the garden, bike shelters and more. Click on the image below to view a larger PDF of the plan.

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Another big goal of ours is to add a covered area to the playground, most likely over the basketball court.

Accomplishments:

Attaining a grant from Nike for futsal, basketball and volleyball court to be added to our blacktop area.

Meetings:

We sometimes meet right after school by the playground if nice out, by the central hallway entrance when not, or possibly the PTA room (302).

Contact:

Eileen Hendrickson

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