This post has been narrated by 3- 2nd graders, 1- 3rd grader, and 1- 4th grader
This week in our classroom we have been working hard to finish our ideas for the playground. On Monday we made new Hop Scotch tiles. We did this by using duck tape to create numbers on the tiles.
We are still working to secure the tiles in it’s place:
Then, we built a TEE PEE for our butterfly garden. It will be a place to play and grow vines!!
Today we finally planted our butterfly bushes in the ground. Next Fall we will add it to our butterfly garden. We still need to dig up our butterfly garden (if anyone has a tiller we would love the help), create mosaics to line our garden and plant more seeds.
Thank you very much to the Parent Group for donating money to get us started! The City of Columbia has also given us the rain garden which will be put into the ground in the Fall when we return back to school.
We can’t wait to show everything off on the last day of school.
Below is our Grant we have written and will be sending in to gain more money:
Our community is called Stephens College Children’s School and we are a Preschool and Elementary school ages three through ten.
Our dream for Stephens College Children’s School playground is to make our playground a better place. We are getting help from the City of Columbia to help build and install a Rain Garden.
We need plants because we want to put in several gardens such as: rain, butterfly, fruit, and vegetable gardens. Along with these gardens, we want to create new playground equipment and use old playground equipment to make something new on our playground.
We need to fix our playground! We want new things to admire and have fun on our playground.
We have listed a few of our main outcomes from our project. We would like more learning experiences on our playground for all ages/students. Ways to meet this goal are by:
- building butterfly, rain, vegetable and fruit gardens
- improve structures that already exist, like our playhouse
- add some new things, like a tee-pee to grow vines on and play inside
There are many ways we plan to work towards our goal. First, with the money provided we will buy plants, mulch, soil, and gardening materials. Next, we will start creating our gardens. Meaning we will begin prepping the ground, laying soil, planting, and then mulch. We will care for our gardens by watering them and learning how to care for them. Finally, our school and community will learn from and enjoy our playground.
Our future plans include: building an outdoor classroom with benches, more planter boxes for around our playground, a tire swing, and a tree house.
We as a community are working towards building our gardens to be featured in Columbia, Missouri’s Our Town Tourist Attractions. Ways to tell the success of our program are…
People from our school, campus, and community will come to see our gardens and learn from us, our school will eat from the garden, our Dining Service on campus will be able to use the food we harvest to prepare our school lunches, and our playground will be more inviting and everyone will be able to take an active role