Spokane elementary school gets new playground
SPOKANE, Wash. — Over 100 educators from across the nation were in Spokane on Tuesday. While they all come from different states, there’s one thing they have in common – a desire to give back to students.
It may be intense manual labor, but these principals wouldn’t have it any other way.
“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 for 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.
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