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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Greetings from Gail


November 22, 2013sme 112213

Our natural playscapes area is starting to take shape!!

Rob Reade and I have been dreaming of a natural playscape area for our youngest children for almost two years now. Playscapes, or natural playgrounds, are play environments that blend natural materials with creative landforms that challenge and fascinate children. They will consist of hills, rocks, logs, grass, sand, paths and dirt. They may also incorporate water, natural slides and structures made from natural materials. We wrote a grant last year and received $2,000 from Vermont Rural Partnership. With that money we will purchased a slide to build into the small hill that is on our playground.

sme 112213-2Sara Rose and last year’s sixth graders were landscape architects who designed some of the parts of the playscape area. They drew scaled drawings and made models that were reviewed by community members last year.

Community members helped us by donating materials and items. Dan Ludwig made us many logs with sawed flat surfaces to use as balance beams for the children. J&M Nursery donated stepping stones and Stacy Thompson donated small pieces of wood for the children to play with. Clifton Taylor brought us large boulders.

The children are so excited about this new play area. What started out as a place for our youngest students is growing into a great play area for all our students. We have a lot more to do to create this natural play area, but we are making great progress thanks to the great volunteers in our community. Special thanks to Kelly and Seth Carter and Gary Collins and his crew for helping us move things around.

Sara Rose, Rob Reade and I are presenting our natural play area to principals and teachers at the annual Vermont Rural Partnership meeting today.