At Pathfinder K8 School in Seattle, Washington, we have a challenging situation. The school serves just over 500 students from Kindergarten through 8th grade in what was an elementary school, and also has a program for kids on the autism spectrum. Because of this, the playground is inadequate for kids once they’re past 2nd or 3rd grade – and it’s totally inadequate for autism spectrum students.
School districts in Washington State are chronically underfunded — and adequate playgrounds structures are not getting budgeted. Even though physical activity and play are critical to the learning process, they are the first to get cut from school budgets.
So the parents volunteers at Pathfinder K8 decided to get into action. We’ve won grants, found business support, and sold tiles to fund a new playground, which is no small feat for a school where 40% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunches. We will be breaking ground during the summer of 2015.