Monday, February 11, 2013

Partnership Supports Playground Activity Plan

Windom Area Schools is partnering with their school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) on a playground improvement project.  The partnership began when the PTO approached the Wellness Committee about collaborating to improve student physical activity opportunities.  Both groups easily agreed that working together to develop activity stations on the playground and to improve the sports equipment would be a perfect partnership.  The Wellness Committee is interested in making sure that all children have the opportunity to be physically active during recess, while the PTO has funds available to financially support the change.

The PTO has offered money to help support painting the activity stations, so a plan is being devised to best utilize the space available.  That project will begin in the spring or summer of 2013, once the snow has melted and the weather cooperates for painting.  In addition to the playground painting, the PTO has offered to purchase sports equipment.  The elementary Physical Education Teacher is working to compile a list of equipment to support active recess.  A cart was also purchased to store the sports equipment, and an eager do-it-yourself PTO Dad is building another cart by hand to save money.

This is a great example of the collaboration that can develop from two organizations working together with similar goals.  Congratulations Windom Area Schools, we look forward to seeing the results of the Winfair Elementary School playground project!

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