By now you’ve heard that obesity affects 15 percent of children. In addition to poor eating habits not getting enough exercise can contribute to that.
But not all schools are equipped to tackle the problem. Sometimes new schools are forced to pay for their own playground equipment. One area school recently did just that.
The new playground equipment at North Butler Elementary has all the kids talking. It’s taken them over a year to get.
North Butler Elementary Principal, Elaine Daugherty says, “Our PTO was really instrumental in making this playground possible. We had fall festivals, spring festivals, we sold basketballs and t-shirts. We had Santa’s workshop.”
The school’s PTO raised $23,000 and the Butler County Board of Education matched them so they were able to complete the project. School officials say with so many children battling obesity these days getting them involved in exercise is important.
State law requires preschoolers to have a separate fenced in playground which the school also built. “It’s good to have any opportunities we can to help increase activity levels for students. And this preschool playground will help our 3 and 4 year olds,” Daugherty expresses.
While the kids couldn’t agree on one favorite feature, they do agree they will have a great time using their new playground. The playground is only the first phase. The school is also hoping to build an outdoor classroom, a walking trail for students and the community, and an obstacle course soon.