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Opening the Door to New Worlds: A New Playground

Opening the Door to New Worlds: A New Playground

Recess is a platform for imagination and discovery, becoming the launchpad for rocket exploration, treasure hunts, top-secret missions, and so much more. 

The Bair Playground Fund, established in 2007 by Harley and Shirley Bair, aims to help our schools revamp outdated equipment and create new accessible adventures. Any LPS elementary school working on a playground upgrade can apply to receive the Bair grant.

Since the fund’s creation, the following elementary schools have utilized the grant to improve their facilities: Beattie, Saratoga, Zeman, Arnold, Huntington, Meadow Lane, Randolph, Hill, Zeman, Beattie, Morley, and Kooser.

The 2022-2023 Bair grant recipient, Kahoa Elementary School, is using the funds to build a more inclusive, welcoming space for its students. They will replace mulch and sand with rubber mats to make the space wheelchair accessible and create calming, sensory-equipped spaces to accommodate a diverse student population. Installation of Kahoa’s new playground will begin over the summer.

"These updates will make our playground more inclusive and safe for our students." -Mandy Nickolite-Green, Kahoa Elementary Principal

The Numbers

  • Schools Served

    60

  • Focus & Specialty Programs Served

    15

  • Students Empowered

    41,784

  • Teachers & Staff Supported

    7,500+

  • Funds Received This Year

    $3.50M

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