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Student project leads to new playground equipment
Student project leads to new playground equipment

From the City of Coeur d’Alene:

It began with a simple letter written by young Coeur d’Alene students. It ended with an improved playground and lots of smiles.

Thanks to a cooperative effort between the city of Coeur d’Alene and the Coeur d’Alene School District, students at a local elementary school now have a new piece of playground equipment.

At the request of the students, city officials this week installed a “funnel ball hoop” at Sunset Park, located about a block from Pathways School on Best Avenue. The project was prompted by a letter written last fall to the mayor and superintendent reading, in part, “We would like our playground at Sunset Park to be improved … things that would make or recess more exciting.”

Pathways teacher Melissa Mello encouraged her students to pursue the park upgrade—not just for fun, but for the learning experience as part of a writing assignment. “This provided students with first-hand exposure to real life writing and empowered them to use writing to advocate for themselves!”

Coeur d’Alene Parks Director Bill Greenwood applauded the students for their initiative.

“What a great accomplishment for student at this young age to write a letter to the mayor and school superintendent asking for playground equipment and then getting to see their words in action,” Greenwood said. “It’s a really cool thing for them to see that they really can make a difference.”

The equipment was provided by the school district. City officials painted and installed the funnel ball hoop.

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