Playing is such an important activity for children’s physical and social growth that schools need equipment to fill this need. Beaver Dam Elementary School (BDES) in Beaver Dam, Ariz., already has slides and monkey bars for students, kindergarten through sixth grade. And thanks to a recent collaborative effort between the school and the Learning Center for Families (LCF), the preschool children began the new year with their own magical playground facility.
The play area was constructed to promote the physical development of the children who are served in the early childhood and preschool programs, which thrive at BDES. The Learning Center for Families is located in St. George, Utah. Services extend from Washington County to Beaver Dam and Fredonia, Ariz. The playground helps to realize the center’s goal which is to find and serve every single child within their service area that is developmentally behind and to meet their developmental needs.
Debbie Justice, director and founder of LCF, wisely advises, “The most formative years of your life are pre-birth.” Connecting with pregnant mothers and offering assistance to support the lives of the precious children from pre-birth through the first few years is a passion to Justice and her 53 dedicated employees.
The colorful playground includes a padded area, shade structure and equipment to provide the little ones with a myriad of stimulating play activities throughout the year. Such physical and social interactions help the BDES Eaglets improve their health and development so that they are ready to fly into kindergarten. Many hours of fun-filled adventures will be taken while the children don their new safety helmets and set out for adventurous rides on their shiny scooters. Imaginations will flourish as the toddlers act out stories in their new playhouse. Eaglets will fly down the new slide and swoop through the mazes. The playground is a dream come true to grateful BDES principal and “top eagle” Phyllis Leavitt.
Beaver Dam Elementary School and the Learning Center for Families are committed to supporting the families which they lovingly serve through a variety of enriching educational activities. Alexander, protector and mascot, wants every family in the community to feel welcome and to know that every child, from pre-birth forward is considered a precious member of the eagles flock.