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Construction is underway at Homer Elementary School on a brand-new playground for Pre-K students, which is expected to be complete by the time they arrive for the first day of school on September 4.
The new playground will provide students under the age of five a dedicated space of their own to play, something school officials say they’ve missed out on during their recess time.
Equipment on the school’s larger playground is only rated ages five and up.
“With the inclusion of four-year-old students within our pre-k program we weren’t allowed to let them play on it for insurance purposes,” said Homer Elementary School Principal Jim McGory. “Students were playing in the field for their recess last year, but we found that their creative play lacked because they didn’t have their own dedicated space.”
The new playground will contain a variety of equipment for children to enjoy, with a giant ball serving as the center for children to come together.
It will also be of great use to the community, as school officials anticipate the playground getting used not only during recess, but after school hours and during summer breaks as well.
“Our playground is utilized by the community day-in and day-out,” McGory said. “This playground allows more kids under the age of five to come and play on our school grounds. The accessibility component for the community is very important to have.”
The playground comes with a strong backing from the community and the Homer Board of Education, support that McGory is very grateful for.
“The parents I’ve talked to are very excited for their children to have a dedicated space to play. We appreciate the support of the Board of Education and the community with this project,” McGory said. “It’s going to allow all of the students in our building to have access to play during recess time.”