Wilson Elementary School in Hays, Kansas is the site of a new GameTime playground based on best-practice research designed to promote physical activity for students. PlayOn! is a curriculum developed by SHAPE America and PlayCore, that aligns with national standards for physical education and provides teachers and coaches with 125 fun physical activities for the playground. Because the playground project was designed using this best practice research for youth physical activity, Wilson Elementary has been named a Playcore/GameTime National Demonstration Site.
The new playground was funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the Home and School organization as well as Wilson’s After School program. The school district paid for the surfacing and concrete work out of its capital outlay budget.
Wilson Elementary Principal, Anita Scheve, said she was thankful for the community for their support. She said school’s old playground was past its warranty and had areas where the plastic was brittle and cracking. It was becoming a safety hazard for the children. “We are excited to have a new playground,” Scheve said.
Andrea Dinkel, Wilson Home and School president, said, “I just want to say thank you to all of you for doing fundraising like Mrs. Anita Scheve said, and I want to thank the parents for helping us out and the community for opening up your wallets and helping us with fundraising and buying stuff from our kiddos. That means a lot.”