Forest Charter School students are back to having fun on the playground after the rebuild of the school’s play structure, which was opened for use April 8.
“It’s up and running, kids are on it, and they are super excited,” said Peter Sagebiel, director of Forest Charter School.
The previous structure was found to be unsafe with rusty and unstable parts, but with community and parent contributions and donations, the school was able to fix the structure, said Sagebiel.
“It’s been a real community effort from the school and local businesses that chipped in,” Sagebiel said, adding that the playground is not only for Forest Charter students but is open to the community.
“Obviously it’s a benefit to have it open for exercise and fun during recess and lunch, but this campus especially is used by the community at large,” he said. “So we wanted to make sure it was available.”
The play structure serves as a benefit to children on many levels, from recreation to development, said Heather Buck, educational specialist at Forest Charter.
“I think that all kinds of research has shown that physical activity helps kids learn and helps the development of muscles and strong bones,” Buck said.
“Children learn to share and take turns and develop games together.”
The younger children also benefit from having their own play area in the school, which offers up to 12th grade, she said.
“A lot of the younger kids want to climb and play and run around at their own speed with kids who are more their age,” Buck said. “The kids are absolutely thrilled.”
The playground can be accessed at Forest Charter School at 470 Searls Ave., Nevada City. The school can be contacted at 530-265-4823
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