The Weston Intermediate School PTO recently took on a new project: turning a muddy, rock-ridden field into a grassy extension of the playground.
The PTO first realized something should be done about the field when it noticed children tripping and falling in the rocks and mud. The barren area adjacent to the playground on the south side of the school was deemed not only an eyesore, but unsafe for outdoor play.
Having initially funded the playground when the school was built, the PTO felt responsible for perfecting the job by taking on this “playground enhancement” project, said Ruth Oshin, WIS PTO president.
Although there was no money in the school budget for the project, the WIS PTO was able raise and provide the funds necessary to carry it out themselves. After removing rocks and laying sod, a new sprinkler system was added, completing the $11,000 endeavor.
The new sod and irrigation system allow for a softer, safer play space and an enlarged recess area. Children are already enjoying the new and improved field, using it for team games, including soccer and capture the flag.