The sun shone both literally and figuratively on the grass field behind Nooksack Elementary school during the school’s annual jog-a-thon on Tuesday, March 19.
During that sunny day, students from every classroom, grades K through five, took their turn running laps in a fundraiser supporting the effort to build a new playground at the school this summer.
Parents and volunteers helped put on the day-long event as students powered through the grass in an effort to fulfil their goal of raising money for the new playground. Ahead of the event, students sought support for their running efforts, gaining donations to bolster the cause. Katie Brown, Nooksack Elementary principal, says they hoped to raise $20,000 during the jog-a-thon, part of the push to add to the roughly $28,000 already raised by a parent group in the community on their way to the $106,000 price tag of the new equipment and playground.
The school-led effort with the direction of a parent-filled playground committee has been in the works on the new playground project for over a year. The updated design will include plenty of linear play, more equipment that requires traveling and also interactive sensory equipment. The new playground will feature some larger pieces of equipment while creating a bigger area with more open space.
With the goal of building the new playground in summer 2019, the school has already received generous donations from Mike Breivik and Breivik Construction to install the new equipment and Cowden to remove the old equipment and gravel.