No excuses. As far as Parkmoor Elementary School principal Stacy Harris-Macarthy is concerned, her students no longer have any excuse for not getting lots of exercise at recess.
As far as Parkmoor Elementary School principal Stacy Harris-Macarthy is concerned, her students no longer have any excuse for not getting lots of exercise at recess.
That's because, thanks to an ongoing Partner in Education relationship with Discover Financial Services, new playground equipment was unveiled last week at the Penworth Drive school.
"It's the nicest we've seen in a long time," Macarthy said. "It uplifted the entire playground."
"The new playground includes a modern play structure with multiple features: a climbing wall, horizontal ladders, a spiral and a glide slide, and much more," according to a spokeswoman for Columbus City Schools. "Prior to the installation of the play structure, the school had two swing sets and a metal jungle gym. The structure offers students a variety of different activities for imaginative play and physical exercise."
The partnership and new playground equipment will benefit more than just the students at Parkmoor, Macarthy said.
Because of Parkmoor's residential location, the community uses the playground after school hours and on the weekend, the district spokeswoman indicated.
As a result of strict rules about contacts with the media, the Discover Financial Services individual responsible for organizing the playground equipment project and overseeing the Partner in Education program was not allowed to say anything about last week's dedication ceremony.
Instead, a statement was issued:
"Discover believes in being a good corporate citizen particularly in the communities where employees live and work and is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives that provide opportunities for youth to expand their education and achieve a brighter future. We partnered with Parkmoor Elementary School as part of Discover's Success in Schools program. Discover Success in Schools is a way for each of our locations across the country to directly impact local students and schools. Beyond the playground, we also worked with the school to provide technology upgrades in the classrooms and new books for the library."
"We are always looking to increase their activity outside," Macarthy said. "We would find that sometimes the kids would say, 'We don't have anything to play with,' because the equipment was old and worn out.
"Now we don't hear that."