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Jefferson Elementary Gets Safe Room Loses Playground Space

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  A Joplin school loses green space to create safe room space.

 The Jefferson elementary playground area is getting cut in half during construction  and created a need for some play options for kids.  So the school is turning to donors choose.

During recess at Jefferson elementary,  one group plays basketball while  others simply run as playground equipment sits idle and fenced in a corner. It had to be removed  for construction of a safe room that will double as a gymnasium.

 Principal Jarrett Cook says, "Our playground's been probably cut in half basically so we're all  confined in one area.  Missing some things for the kids to do, so we're trying to come up with  some solutions,temporary solutions to fix that."

So a  teacher created a donors choose request for portable playground equipment and games. So far it only has two donors with 17days left to give. The principal says with more time outside coming with spring, kids need more hands on activities. Cook suggests, "Playground equipment, balls, things we could reuse next year. It's not something we would throw away  when done with it. We would be able to use it out there or inside even when we get our gymnasium with our safe room." 

At any given time there can be ninety  students out at recess and even students say that can create conflict.

Ava Perrin, a fifth grader says, "We had to make stations because there wasn't enough room and  a lot of people were getting into fights, cause there's not enough room for everybody to play.  Sometimes it's not fair and sometimes  people get upset when they don't get to  play what they want to play."

More staff was added  at recess.  All say it's a temporary problem. And all are okay with losing  seven thousand square feet of blacktop and green space for  a gym and safe room to use in bad weather.

Perrin says, "There's a lot of windows in the school,  so if a  tornado or something happens  you could get injured.  But in a safe room,  its big enough for everybody to fit in there and you feel safe."

 Cook says, "I know it will  put parents at ease, staff members at ease and our students at ease." 

   Permanent playground  equipment will be re-installed with anew  rubber safety surface, the  asphalt play area enlarged slightly -- and the soccer field re-installed after safe room construction is complete.

 To get to Donor's Choose and see the items requested and how to donate,

Click here

 

 

 

 

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