SPOKANE, Wash. - Over 100 educators from across the nation were in Spokane on Tuesday for the 2019 National Association of Elementary School Principles Conference. While they all come from different states, there's one thing they have in common - a desire to give back to students.
It was with that desire that the principles, along with help from Landscape Structures, gifted a brand-new playground to Adams Elementary on the South Hill.
"It's a way of giving back. We're all principals, and we all serve kids in communities," said Eric Cardwell, President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
He said building playgrounds for students never gets old.
"It'll help them at school. A great deal of learning happens on the playground as well as exercise," said Cardwell.
For the past four years, students at Adams Elementary School haven't had enough room on their current playground.
"We've gained about 70 kids in the last several years, and they've just needed a bit more space to run and play," said Beth Nye, Principal at Adams Elementary School.
That's why Nye decided to enter her school for the new playground.
"They select a school in their host city that maybe has some higher needs in our community. While we're on the South Hill, we certainly fit that bill," said Nye.
While it may have been a long time coming, Nye said the new playground was certainly worth the wait.
"One that they definitely wanted was a spiral slide. We made sure that that happened. They also wanted an opportunity to have an obstacle course,"said Nye.
It's a way to bring the teaching community together, all while building on a good cause.
"Geography might separate us, but the spirit of giving unites us," said Cardwell.
100 principals from across the nation are at Adams Elementery School helping to build them a brand new playground! It’s a day staff and students have been eagerly waiting for. Details at 5 & 6 on @kxly4news pic.twitter.com/tqyQESRoFH— Katerina Chryssafis (@kchryssafis) July 9, 2019
This new playground marks the eleventh year of the partnership between the NAESP and Landscape Structures. The Community Service Day is a part of the NAESP conference, where the principals help build a playground donated to a deserving school. Adams is the latest, as other playgrounds have been built in Orlando, Tampa, Seattle, Long Beach, Compton and Baltimore.
The NAESP annual conference begins after the playground construction, running from July 10-12 at the Spokane Convention Center.
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