Grand View School administrators recently unveiled a few new structures on campus, including a clubhouse and LED sign.
The school obtained a health incentive grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, designed to provide money to schools to promote healthy policies. After consulting with the Grand View trustees, Superintendent Ed Kennedy decided to invest the money in a pavilion, which was placed next to the playground.
“We got an extension for this grant because we needed to make improvements on the outdoor classroom space and the play space. I’ve seen it in Colorado and western Oklahoma where they use canopy structures over play areas like outdoor classrooms or dining halls,” Kennedy said.
The idea is that when weather permits, the pavilion will be available outside of recess hours, allowing staff to teach in a non-indoor space.
Other contributors to the pavilion were Cherokee Nation and the Grand View Parent-Teacher Organization.
“They can use it for sun protection, rest, and it’s a place for teachers to get sun protection. It’s great for recess. When the weather improves, they can take them outside. in the classroom or for a snack. They need more appropriate spaces for outdoor dining,” Kennedy said.
The pavilion comes with approximately 15 tables and benches, which are located under the pavilion and in the surrounding area.
With the money previously allocated, the school installed a new LED sign, which now allows parents to read announcements when they drop their children off at school.
“We think we’re doing a good job of communicating through social media sources and notifications, but there’s nothing better than letting parents lay their eyes on something big and shiny,” said Kennedy.
The sign cost the district $50,000, which came from the general fund.
The school will soon receive a new canopy, which was donated by Big B Food & Deli in Stilwell.
“We moved it, did some metal work, and we’re waiting for the mover to put it on campus,” Kennedy said.
The new 60-by-40-foot canopy will be placed between middle and elementary schools and will provide shade for children who want to relax.