Outdoor play is a critical part of St. Paul's education. We recognize the social emotional wellness benefits for students across all age groups.
Through individual gifts, pledges, and Fund-A-Vision donations at our past two auctions, we have raised more than $1,200,000 toward our playground transformations. While the school had to pause and tackle the challenges surrounding COVID-19, we never lost the vision for new outdoor play spaces. Click here to see the list of playground supporters.
In September 2021, we completed our West Playground for first and second grades. In October 2022, we completed the newly imagined South Playground which primarily serves third through eighth grade. Students are enjoying the new play equipment, outdoor classroom, bench seating, and expanded sport field. We also increased the landscaping to add cheery surrounds to the playgrounds' exteriors. Keep scrolling to see images of our new play spaces.
Our work is not yet done! We are finalizing plans on our toddler/preschool playground and hope to begin construction in summer 2023. Fundraising efforts continue as we purchase new equipment for this reimagined play space.
For children and adolescents, outdoor environments provide a myriad of benefits in their development. Daily interaction in outdoor environments enhances physical activity and play as well as provides health benefits such as reducing frequency of obesity and disease. It can also enhance mental health and resilience, while boosting self-discipline and a child’s ability to concentrate. Lastly, being outdoors with nature can improve environmental awareness.
To learn more about the full master plan and how you can join this vision for outdoor play, please contact our Director of Development at email@example.com.