Last year, Tyra Wooley, never thought that she would win an Imagination Playground, not just for her class, but for Willoughby Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. This unique playground was created and manufactured by Kaboom.
Kaboom was offering a limited number of grants to schools in wanting to acquire an Imagination Playground. More specifically, Kaboom was interested in schools that had a high student population of military dependents. Willoughby Elementary School was one such school having a large student population of military dependents.
Ms.Wooley completed the two part process in becoming a grant recipient. However, since Willoughby Elementary School was going through the process of becoming only a Pre-K Center the following year, the playground would be on a smaller scale suitable for younger children. As such, Ms.Wooley joined with Sewells Point Elementary School in the celebration process, since this school would acquire a larger playground to accommodate its elementary student population.
Before Tyra Wooley completed a grant proposal to acquire an Imagination Playground for her school, she had always believed in the importance of fostering creativity in young children. She believes that students need an opportunity to make decisions, to take chances, and to learn from one’s mistakes. After all, that’s part of life.
More in part two…