Skyline School Has New Playground Equipment Which Is Open To The Public

Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative grant provided funds for playground equipment for physical activity for students during the day and open to the public during off use hours. The Douglas County Health Department and Skyline School and Skyline PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) hosted a ribbon cutting for the grand opening on Tuesday, June 6, for the new playground equipment in the Skyline School playground area. Missouri Foundation for Health is the sponsor for Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative which is making changes to schools and local environments that will have a lasting impact to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. Skyline PTO hosted fundraisers to help with the costs of supplies for the installation of playground equipment. “We are happy to help our kids. Being outdoors is a great place for kids to get fitness.” stated Ralissa Watkins, Skyline PTO president. Skyline School Board member Sarah Harden gathered support from her husband Andrew Harden, owner of Harden Construction, who donated the labor to install the playground equipment. Also involved in the playground equipment installation was Arlin Watkins, Skyline School maintenance supervisor. Jeanne Curtis, Skyline School principal, stated, “We had a lot of community support to make the playground equipment happen.” Karen Tamblyn and Jeanne Curtis were on the Wellness Committee along with the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) coalition who reviewed playground equipment options and submitted an action plan to Missouri Foundation for Health over a year ago, hopeful to add playground equipment to the outdoor area. The Healthy Schools Healthy Communities coalition conducted wellness assessments and created an action plan to address food, physical education and activity, health education, school policy, and family engagement. “We were thrilled when MFH funded our action plan to include playground equipment,” Curtis added. Sonya Hodges, Douglas County Health Department Healthy Schools Healthy Communities coordinator states, “Skyline School has new playground equipment and have adopted a policy that allows the public to use the new fitness equipment for physical activity during off use hours.” Skyline School’s playground is open at 4 p.m. daily on school days and when not in use. It is also open weekends and holidays when not in use by student practices. Skyline School also has a 1/4 mile walking trail that is open to the public.