Advocacy for Students
Thank you, Great Outdoors Colorado!
AcademyACL is very proud to be a new recipient of a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Schoolyard Initiative Grant, awarded March 23, 2017. This was a competitive grant process with applicants from across the state of Colorado, funded by Colorado Lottery dollars.
Students on a small Youth Focus Group, a larger group of representatives from every class, and the entire student body, along with teachers and a parent grant-writing committee, worked together to create the details for the grant application.
Work will begin this summer, with the following elements of our "Forest Green" natural playground to be created:
- Outdoor classroom and seating space
- 'Hobbiton' area with shallow caves and a walking bridgeS
- Slide built into the side of a hill
- 'Elf town' tiny house area
- Ga-ga ball pit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga-ga)
- Climbing wall
- Castle deck
- Analemmatic sundial
- Walking labyrinth
- Butterfly garden and quiet seating areas
We are excited to work together with neighbors, friends, community members, and volunteers to create this beautiful, eco-friendly and green space for our students and the neighborhood to enjoy. Stay updated on our dedicated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PikeParkBeautiful, called Forest Green at Pike Park.
The GOCO grant funds $110,000 of this project, with an additional $37,000 needed in cash and in-kind donations. Students raised over $29,000 at their 2016 Readathon to support their playground. Donors can donate cash online, and contact the school office to donate materials, trees, and plants, and connect with volunteer opportunities.
- To make a tax-deductible donation: https://academyacl.networkforgood.com