Story submitted by Janna Morley
APS Grants and Federal Programs
With help from the city of Aurora and the Aurora Public Schools Departments of Grants and Federal Programs, Risk Management and Construction Management, Clyde Miller P-8 recently earned two grants to update their playground.
Through their 2016 School Play Yard Initiative, Great Outdoors Colorado announced in December 2015 that Clyde Miller was one of five schools selected to receive $7,000 to plan and design a new playground with nature-themed elements. Another grant application is being submitted to GOCO in April 2016 for $100,000 to bring these designs to life. In addition, the Colorado Health Foundation recently announced that Clyde Miller was awarded $200,000 to update their playground.
The two grants will provide an updated space for the approximately 550 Clyde Miller students to have age appropriate, stimulating, physical activity options. Students, staff, parents and community members have been involved in the entire process by attending meetings, contributing letters and drawings of support, and voting on particular items they would like to see in this new playground. Plans include new equipment, an outdoor classroom, swings and a painted Colorado-themed nature trail around the play area.
The new playground will replace structures that are more than 30 years old. Installation should be complete by 2017 and will be available for all of the students and community to enjoy.
Congratulations to Principal Ashlee Saddler and her Clyde Miller Cougars!
APS 2020: Shaping the Future Core Belief:
-All students must have equitable access to learning opportunities, technology and environments that support them in reaching their full potential.
Images of the current playground at Clyde Miller