During the Spring 2016 competitive grant cycle, a $3,725 grant was approved for Lettie Brown Elementary PTO to purchase playground equipment. The Lettie Brown PTO has been working diligently to update their playground to make it more fun and entertaining, as well as to increase a life-long passion for fitness in their students. The existing post and deck playground structure located at Lettie Brown was geared only for primary elementary students. The proposed Burke’s Fitness Intensity Complex, is specifically designed to target all Lettie Brown students, ages 5 to 12.
The new playground equipment will be primarily used by the Lettie Brown students during recess as well as during PE. Not only is this system handicapped accessible, but Intensity Playground equipment comes with a curriculum for fitness-oriented activities which can be incorporated into physical education classes. The specific purpose and design of this equipment is to combat childhood obesity by keeping the kids active and by engaging them in challenging play.
Site work has begun, and construction of the equipment is planned for July 23. The playground is expected to be ready for the 2016/2017 school year.
The total cost of the project is over $33,000. An additional approximately $22,400 has been raised by the Lettie Brown PTO, and the Morton Park District will be participating in the cost as well. This playground will benefit all students at Lettie Brown as well as the rest of the children in the community who utilize the playground when school is not in session since Lettie Brown is the only park/playground in the vicinity.