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Happenings at East Grand schools: Funds awarded to complete playground improvements

Frank Reeves

First grade has been exploring what it means to be a part of a team in the classroom. Students have been highly engaged in some fun outside activities to learn more about teamwork.

In a state known for physical fitness and outdoor activity, data show that nearly a third of Colorado’s children are not physically active on a regular basis. Granby Preschool Playground Improvement Plan partnered with Healthy Beginnings and Mountain Parks Electric and allowed us to make capital improvements to Granby Preschool outdoor space. We began working on our playground with a Grand County Landscape drawing up a landscape design. This summer Grand County Landscape added the natural materials of wood chips, logs, and boulders. And early this fall, we were awarded another $20,000 from The Buell Foundation to complete our playground improvement project of adding a bike path around the perimeter of the playground. Granby Preschool is committed to providing a opportunity for young children to experience and explore the natural outdoors. A huge thank-you to all who have contributed to make this playground happen.

The school district has made improving school and student safety a goal. Throughout the year more training will be provided to our staff and students. We are also working on making our entryways safer. If you have visited schools recently you will notice that you have to “buzz” in from the outside doors and then again from inside our foyers. The purpose is that gives our front office personnel a chance to evaluate who is coming into our buildings and make sure that visitors are who they say they are. It is not a foolproof system yet but it adds another layer of security for our students and staff. Stay tuned for more information regarding safe schools throughout the year.

Thanks to all of our parents, staff, students and community for attending our back to school nights throughout the district. We are off to a great start of the school year and appreciate all of the support.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of East Grand School District.

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