Brookcreek Learning Center students at Cordley School will be climbing on new equipment by this summer, thanks to the annual St. Patrick's Day fund-raisers.
A dozen children in the Brookcreek Learning Center program at Cordley School appeared to be happy playing in the sand, using plastic shovels to fill buckets.
However, Brookcreek and Cordley officials envision new playground equipment that will open up a wide range of possibilities for the pre-school students.
"We have individual goals and objectives for every child," said Esther Kottwitz, Brookcreek's executive director.
Kottwitz, along with Brookcreek and Cordley staff members, were on hand Wednesday morning to accept a $13,000 check from the St. Patrick's Day Committee. A majority of the money came from the annual sports auction sponsored by the committee.
"We enjoy providing for children's groups," said committee Chair Debra Drummet. "This is a very deserving organization."
The playground equipment, which will be St. Patrick's Day green, will include a large climbing structure. A concrete path around the perimeter of the area will allow children to ride tricycles, and there will be a table and a trough for water or sand in the enclosure. School officials expect the playground equipment to be ready for use in June.
Reed Dillon & Associates and Michael Treanor Architects are donating landscaping and architect services, Drummet said.
"This will be a really terrific program that will allow us to work on fine motor skills, large motor skills, and language and social skills," Kottwitz said.
Other Brookcreek Learning Centers are at New York School, the Edgewood housing project in the 1600 block of Haskell, and in a building in the 200 block of Mount Hope Court.
The learning center's program is available to all children from birth to age 5, with an emphasis on at-risk, low-income children and those with a learning or behavioral problem.
Kottwitz said there are 107 students in the program now, including 20 at Cordley School, 1837 Vt.
There is a playground at Cordley, but the equipment was designed for older children. With the new playground, Brookcreek teachers won't have to worry about separating the older children and pre-school students, Kottwitz said.
"It's been kind of a challenge to schedule (recesses) with the other classes in the building," Kottwitz said. "Also, there's some equipment that we can allow the children to play on only part of it, because it's not appropriate for their age."
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