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Eagle Valley Elementary hosts playground building benefit

Enterprise staff report

There’s something poetically perfect about planning a 5K run to fund an active upgrade for kids.

That’s just what Eagle Valley Elementary School has planned Sunday, May 3, with its Fiesta Fun Run event. Proceeds from the event will be use to build a new playground at the school.

“We are going to apply for the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) School Play Yard Initiative,” said Suzi Robinson, one of the Fiesta Fun Run organizers. “It is a very competitive grant that awards $100,000 to selected schools. “

But before the school can attract state dollars, it needs to generate some matching fund. That’s the reason for the May 3 benefit. Robinson noted that EVES hopes to replace its aging play structures with an “IB theme playground that is accessible to all.”

“The playground will also serve the greater community, so the benefits of this project extends beyond the student body. The playground structures will be related to some of our IB Learner Profiles such as, Risk Taker, Balanced, and Caring; our IB Attitudes such as, Cooperation and Curiosity; and some of our Transdisciplinary Themes such as, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, and Sharing The Planet. “

“Another goal of our event is to bring our English Language Learner (ELL) and Spanish Language Learner (SLL) families closer together,” said Robinson. “Our school has over 50 percent ELL. We hope that bringing these families together by working and playing hard on this event for the common goal of raising funds for a safe, accessible, IB themed playground will be a unifying project.”

Robinson noted that the GOCO grant requires that students participate in project planning, design, and fund-raising.

“This not only improves playgrounds with the creative ideas brought in by the students, but it also gives them a valuable experiential lesson. Our student committee has looked at some playground structures. They are currently working on signage and will be helping with the booths at the Fiesta Fun Run,” said Robinson

While the event has “fun run” in its title, Robinson stressed that the race is only part of the fun. The event will include both a 5K run and a 1 mile fun run along with food, live music by First Chair and La Entrega, games and more. The festivities will get under way at 1 p.m. at the Brush Creek Park.

“At the Fiesta we will have bouncy castles, frisbees and hula hoops, an obstacle course, sno-cones, cotton candy, tamales, pizza, baked goods and more,” said Robinson.

The pre-registation fee for the race/walk is $10 per individual or $30 per family of up to four. On the day of the event, the fees will be $15 per individual or $40 per family. Admission to the Fiesta alone is $5.

For families who want to support the effort but can’t make it to the event, organizers have established a “Go Fund Me” page. The page has information describing what is needed for the project can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/qtsxgs.


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