In El Paso, Texas, both parents and students at MJ Lundy Elementary School were excited to learn that the kids would soon be moving into a new school.
No Outdoor Play For Grades 2 – 5?
That was before they learned that the school was being built without a playground structure for the students in grades 2 – 5.
What On Earth Were School Officials Thinking?
Parents heard that funds weren’t being allocated for a playground for grades 2 – 5 despite the fact that in 2005 the Texas Department of State Health Services found that 42% of El Paso fourth graders were overweight or at risk for being overweight.
Once they heard about this, these parents decided to take matters into their own hands.
After successfully fundraising over $45,000, the Lundy PTA took our community-based model to heart and recruited over 200 volunteers to help build the playground. Now, over 600 students will have a place to play during recess and after school.
The project, which was featured in the EL Paso Times and on a local news channel, speaks to the power of what a community can accomplish when they are motivated, organized, and tenacious.
Amazing, and congratulations to MJ Lundy Elementary School!
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