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Burke County Schools to improve outdoor activity spaces

posted Dec 6, 2017, 2:05 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

15 schools to benefit from Healthy Places NC grant

 

            Fifteen schools in the Burke County Public Schools district will receive funding to add or update outdoor activity spaces for student as well as community use. The funds are a result of a $555,169 grant to Burke County Schools from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam informed the Board of Education of the grant award during the Nov. 27 board work session. Burke County Public Schools will provide a $61,686 match for the grant. In addition to athletic equipment, tracks and courts, the funds will go toward playground equipment, including some for children with disabilities, a football field restroom and a kids fitness course.

Putnam said, “This generous grant will allow us to establish and update areas where our students as well as community members can enjoy the opportunity to walk, play basketball, play on playgrounds and exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We are very grateful for the folks at the Trust for granting our proposal, and we are looking forward to getting started on these projects.”

This investment is part of Healthy Places NC—the Trust’s long-term commitment to improving the health of residents in the state’s rural, under-resourced counties  

“The improved school recreation areas and walking tracks are just one example of the community coming together to tackle health issues, and the Trust is committed to supporting Burke County on this journey,” said Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. “There is a joint use agreement between the Parks and Recreation Department and the local Little League that will open these facilities up to the entire community. That’s the kind of community collaboration and systems improvement we had in mind when we launched Healthy Places NC.”

The timeline for the projects includes starting them during the 2018-19 school year with some going into the 2019-2020 school year. The schools and projects are:

·      Forest Hill Elementary - Install backstops and other athletic field equipment (soccer goals, etc) for community and recreational use. Pave a walking track for families and community members to use.

·      Oak Hill Elementary - Install a walking track for student and community use. Purchase and install new playground equipment for school and community use.

·      Ray Childers Elementary - Install a walking track for school and community use. Install athletic fields for recreational and community use. Install backstops on the softball fields. Install outside basketball courts and goals.

·      Drexel Elementary - Resurface the walking track. Purchase and install new playground equipment for one of the playgrounds at the school.

·      George Hildebrand Elementary - Repave the walking track. Improve the basketball area at the walking track by repaving the surface and installing new goals. Purchase and install updated playground equipment.

·      Glen Alpine Elementary - Purchase and install new playground equipment. Resurface outdoor basketball courts and update goals. Resurface walking track. Install a restroom at the football field.

·      Hildebran Elementary - Install a walking track for school and community use around the football field. Purchase and install updated playground equipment. Update dugout areas at the baseball and softball fields. Resurface small walking track at Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten playground.

·      Icard Elementary - Resurface the basketball courts and replace the goals. Install new backstop on the baseball field.

·      Mull Elementary - Install a walking trail with fitness stations open to the community.

·      North Liberty - Purchase and install playground equipment that is more accessible for students with disabilities. The equipment will be designed to fit the needs of the students.

·      Valdese Elementary - Resurface the walking track located at the athletic field. Resurface and update outside basketball courts and goals.

·      WA Young Elementary - Purchase and install a Kids Fitness Course for the walking track that the students and community may use while walking the track.

·      Hillcrest Elementary - Repave basketball courts and update goals. Purchase and install new playground equipment.

·      Table Rock Middle - Total resurface of the walking track due to poor track conditions / large cracks in surface.

·      Hallyburton Academy - Resurface walking track.

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