Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Close to 500 students are $500 closer to getting new playground equipment.
Every month, WQOW along with Asher Lasting Exteriors and CCF Bank award an area school with a $500 grant to help in the classroom, or in this case on the playground.
Lora Bowe, a paraprofessional at Parkview Elementary in Chippewa Falls, submitted the winning request for new playground equipment.
She said the current equipment is over 23 years old and is a safety issue. New playground equipment would cost $85,000.
Bowe also said 65 percent of Parkview’s students come from homes that are within the poverty level, so the school didn’t want to ask families for help. That’s why they have been seeking community grants.
Bowe said they’ve raised about $12,000 so far.
“It all helps,” Bowe said. “We are excited. Everyone here was thrilled when I told them I won, I was very surprised, so this will help a lot. It all adds up.”
Bowe said peer play is a crucial component of the learning process and that it can be good for brain development and academic performance. So, students will benefit from the equipment in more ways than one.