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The City of Portland recently installed a series of fitness stations on the Presumpscot school campus utilizing the design help of former fifth grade students. As there was no available money allocated in the City budget for a fitness station at the school a series of grants were written to underwrite the cost. Healthy Portland kicked off the effort with a grant award of $3000. In addition the City was able to donate and install several fitness stations including monkey bars, push up bars and a soon to be installed log run, all to National playground code.
Last year Presumpscot teacher Rebecca Maiorano invited Ethan Owen, the City Rec & Athletic Facilities Manager, to meet with a team of fifth grade students to create a design plan and offer feedback. One of those students, Toby Picher, was awarded a $500 Painting for a Purpose grant to purchase a fitness bar as a legacy from the graduating class.
Presumpscot PE teacher Amy Pires is incorporating the fitness course in her curriculum and teaching the safe use of the equipment. Further improvements and additions to the fitness area are planned including signage and additional stations and more grant funds are being sought to support this important effort. The fitness stations runs alongside the Presumpscot Nature Trail which was built in collaboration with Portland Trails and was the focus of a first grade expedition.
Presumpscot students, families, and the greater community all stand to benefit from this collaborative effort.
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