Let’s Build A Playground!

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!

Photo credit: pawpaw67 via Creative Commons


Vanessa S.
Vanessa S6 years ago

Kudos to everyone who worked hard for the kids to have a place to play!

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran6 years ago

thanks for the info

Ann G.
Ann G6 years ago

Good job, guys. Way to be proactive and good parents by recognizing that there is a risk factor for obesity and that it needs to get addressed. This is the way to combat unhealthy eating- by grassroots efforts from concerned parents.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli6 years ago

todays schools always need more/better playgrounds, art classes, music classes, drama classes, and such. We seem to only care about teaching math and science. The arts, and playing are undervalued.

Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez6 years ago

I'm glad the parents did something about their kid's future.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p6 years ago

good that the parents took action.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

To you, grown ups of the world, its just a playground. To the kids, its a little school where they can learn all sorts of things, specially social skills.
Dont take that away from them unless you can provide them with books teaching them those life skills, and you know you cant :)

William R.
William R6 years ago

Thank God some people have brains, seems our politicans don't. Maybe its time to change the schoolboard members.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Samira K.
Samira K.6 years ago

when play is included as part of the educational curriculum, exactly like Math & language, then playgrounds become a must...we should lobby for this necessary ingredient of our education ...