Oakes Public School PTO Receives $5,000 From Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

Oakes Public Schools’ Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant kickstarting the Playground Turf Project. PTO’s goal is to improve the “grass space” available on the playground, creating a vibrant space for kids to play, learn and be active outside.

One of the most beloved and utilized spaces at the school is the playground. Recess allows children to move, play and socialize with their friends in the fresh air. In addition to the clear health and wellness benefits, there are many academic advantages as well. Taking a break from the classroom and concentrating on a lesson, actually makes it easier for children to process and learn new information. With the reset of recess, they can maintain focus and stay on task instead of becoming distracted or restless. By connecting with peers on the playground, they develop better social or soft skills like communication, sharing, problem-solving and coping skills.

The school playground has always struggled to grow and maintain a grassy area for the kids to safely run and play. PTO has their sights set on raising $100,000 through grants, individual and business contributions, as well as organized fundraising efforts, to purchase and install turf, creating a safe and clean area to be enjoyed by the children for years to come. We encourage community members to check out the current condition of the playground’s grass and imagine “what could be”.

We are excited to kickstart this project and put the Lowe’s grant to good use, benefiting our school and community. On behalf of Oakes Public Schools PTO, thank you to our friends at Lowe’s for generously supporting this important project.

To learn how you can support the Playground Turf Project, contact OPS PTO President, Trista Gemar.