Franklin Elementary Receives New Playground

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Franklin County Elementary Receives New Playground

 

Franklin County Elementary students are looking forward Playing on their new contemporary playground thanks to Principal Sandra Oliver who applied for the grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Studies show creating environments for children to experience unstructured play supports their physical health and increases their chances of succeeding academically in the classroom.

Schools selected to receive playgrounds did not have a playground, or had a playground that was aged and in disrepair. Schools with grades K-6

Schools receiving playgrounds from the Foundation this school are located in Chickasaw, Coahoma, Franklin, Harrison, Newton, Perry, Walthall and Washington counties. The playgrounds were installed this school year.

Each 5,380 square foot playground has 24 pieces of play equipment with turf safety surfacing and shading systems. Also provided is teacher education curriculum created as a best practice guide for promoting overall fitness and fun through the use of outdoor play environments. The evidence-based curriculum is aligned with national physical education standards.

“The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is proud to provide spacious school playgrounds where students can engage in active play outside of the classroom,” said Eugenia King, the Foundation’s Health and Fitness Coordinator. “The playground structures are designed for physical activities such as climbing, crawling, jumping and running to improve balance, flexibility and cardiovascular health while promoting creativity and building social skills.”

 The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has a vision for a healthy Mississippi and provides leadership and targeted grant funding for sustainable initiatives and programs to improve the overall health and well-being of Mississippians. Learn more about the Foundation’s partnerships at www.healthiermississippi.org.