"In the last ten years, childhood has moved indoors. An American child today spends an average of seven minutes in outdoor free play and seven hours connected to electronic devices. This loss of nature connection contributes to epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, obesity, and attentional problems in childhood. To counteract this societal trend, communities need to create engaging nature play spaces where families can reconnect with the wide range of health benefits associated with outdoor play. Nature play has been found to have benefits for social and emotional well-being, brain development, and physical health."
This is a project that will involve many community and family partnerships. I can't wait to see the joy on our students' faces when they first explore this new space. If all goes as planned, we expect a fall 2018 completion.
On another note, we have also begun brainstorming ideas for potential summer 2019 updates to our 3-5 playground. Most recently, we have begun conversation with Quickstart Tennis to potentially add tennis courts to our school grounds. We will be sharing more about this project in the near future.
Stay tuned as we document the work in progress on our PK-2 Stone-Robinson playground!
Kristen Williams, Principal