ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — December 17, 2009 — Within the next month the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will finalize renovations to some of its school playgrounds to better serve special needs students. The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) provided DoDEA approximately $4.3 million earlier this year to revamp some of its school playgrounds for special-needs children. DoDEA allocated an additional $5.547 million in year-end funding for playground upgrades at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell schools which will also better address those with special needs.
"We're renovating these existing playgrounds so that all children will have a play area that is safe, secure, and appropriate to their developmental levels," said Mr. Kevin Kelly, DoDEA's Associate Director for Financial and Business Operations.
Twenty-three schools will receive new playground equipment, including:
- Fort Bragg: Bowley ES, Devers ES, Holbrook ES
- Fort Campbell: Barkley ES, Lucas ES, Marshall ES, Jackson ES, Lincoln ES
- Fort Knox: Mudge ES, Van Voorhis ES, Pierce ES, Macdonald IS, Kingsolver ES, Scott MS, Knox HS, Walker IS
- MCB Quantico: Russell ES, Ashurst ES
- Fort Stewart: Brittin ES
- Heidelberg District: Hainerberg ES, Patch ES
- Isles District: Geilenkirchen ES
- Mediterranean District: Rota ES
The new playgrounds feature brand-new equipment, protective surfacing and borders and wheelchair accessible pathways.
The Quantico playground renovations are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2009; however, winter weather may delay some renovations until later in the school year.