Our school district is currently in the mist of a large renovation project. This isn’t your normal, “Get new doors and sidewalks” type of project but a, “gut the entire school to the beam structures” kind of project.
There is a vision, a brilliant one, to consolidate our resources and place our elementary student population on one campus, our Middle School population on one campus and our High School population on yet another campus, making a total of 3 campuses. And now construction started on the elementary school and boy is it being gutted!
As we moved classrooms and redistributed our student population so we can still conduct school, little did we know that our elementary playground would be dismantled due to gas and electric lines running under the playground and detouring them to the building! Oh, the horrors for our UPK-2 kiddos! No playground to play on!
Ah, but here is the best part. Since there isn’t a playground, our kids are now forced to use their imagination! Out come the kickballs, the bouncy balls, the footballs and hula-hoops. Sidewalk chalk is used to draw on the pavement and group games are being incorporated. But no playground equipment you say? Yep, it has been a blessing in disguise! Now, kids are being taught how to play creatively and purposefully. Maybe we should do away with the playground? Oh no, did I just write that???? Oh, what joy, wonder and imagination, our students will encounter! I love it!
(Looking down one of the wings in our school during renovations. Looks like a warehouse. Who would have thought!)