GRAMD JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Dual Immersion Academy is revamping recess, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The academy’s parent-teacher association conducted a student survey, and the student body voted to swing into the future with new playground equipment.
Since the current playground has been standing for 20 years, DIA’S Principal Heptner agrees with students that it’s past time for a tune up.
“Getting out in the fresh air, moving around, playing games, and learning social skills is really part of an important growth experience for the students of all ages,” Dual Immersion Academy Principal Monica Heptner expresses.
DIA administration started chasing plans for this idea long before the grant.
“One of our goals was a pre-K on playground to have equipment that is at the adequate size and level of smaller children,” Heptner shares.
A goal they’ll reach by creating a total of four play zones. The design includes a new playground set for the back of the school , a climbing structure on one side of the grass, and a new pre-k playground on the other.
Principal Heptner says the equipment coming in, built on the imagination of DIA’s students, will be accessible to the community outside of school hours.
“I can’t wait to see them come out and play and then equipment and they were the ones who actually decided what it would look like,” Heptner exclaims.
Funding is also coming from the Grand Junction Lions Club because, at the end of the day, it’s all for the kids.
“We want our students to connect to each other to play through friendship, through language;” Heptner mentions, “For us, this playground area is going to be another opportunity for students to really get to know each other.”
The new playground equipment is already purchased and should arrive soon. Ground breaking starts in June.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Dual Immersion Academy to revamp recess with incoming playground