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Four new MPS playgrounds promote outdoor learning and healthy living

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 19:37:48-04

MILWAUKEE — Starms Early Childhood unveiled their new playground renovation Thursday morning. The school is one of four celebrating recently renovated playgrounds.

The new space promotes outdoor learning, healthy lifestyles, and engaging play.

"These are now structures and facilities that our students can be here year-round playing on, and it augments what's happening in the classroom," said Wendell Willis, Executive Director of Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.

The transformed playground features three slides that represent the Menomonee, Milwaukee, and Kinnickinnic rivers flowing into Lake Michigan. The outdoor green space is meant to promote learning inside and outside the classroom.

"Around our Lake Michigan, they will be learning so much about different cities, as well as about freshwater and how do we keep our waterways safe and clean," said Lisa Misky, a teacher at Starms Early Childhood.

The children ages 3, 4 and 5, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and learned about the different jobs it took to build their new play space.

Ten additional MPS schools are in the conceptual planning or fundraising stages for their new green and healthy schoolyards.