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Help New Haven Elementary School receive a dream playground (posted 2/16/18)

New Haven Elementary School is one of five finalists for a $100,000 grant for a dream playground. Now the school needs your vote to propel it to the top spot.


With funding from Culturelle and KaBOOM's Project Playground grant, New Haven Elementary will be able to upgrade its play opportunities for the diverse needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods.


Home to 262 students, a variety of after-school programs, evening family events, and the only park within walking distance to surrounding neighborhoods, New Haven Elementary School needs a new playground. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as two classrooms full of studetns with special needs, have been using the same piece of multi-unit playground equipment for 27 years. New equipment will allow the school to add opportunities that encourage inclusive play such as multiple ramps, musical instruments, climbing walls, and a soft tile surface that makes wheelchair travel possible. The new playground would meet the needs fo the nearly 430 children who have access to it on any given day.


New Haven Elementary School believes in "ACCESS FOR ALL," with no boundaries between where a kindergartner or fifth grader, regular education or special education, New Haven student or neighborhood resident, can play.


You can cast your vote daily in support of New Haven Elementary School's dream playground from February 15 to March 15 here.


New Haven Elementary School teacher Karla Yung and principal Carole Garth are the primary contacts for this story.