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FWISD Unveils Student-Designed, Community-Built Playground at W.J. Turner Elementary

 

Project is part of nationwide effort by KABOOM! to end playspace inequity

Volunteers from Fort Worth Independent School District, W.J. Turner Elementary School, and Challenge of Tarrant County constructed a student-designed playground to ensure students have a safe, inclusive place to play. This was part of a nationwide effort by KABOOM! to end playspace inequity – the reality that places to play are not available to every child, especially in communities of color. This project provides a state-of-the-art playground to more than 391 students – as well as their families and community members – each year.  

Community members led the creation of the playground, from design to installation. In March, students from W.J. Turner Elementary shared drawings of their dream playspaces with project organizers. These ideas were integrated into the new playground design, which was decided after parents and community members provided feedback.  

The new playground, intended for W.J. Turner’s youngest students, includes elements to promote play among students with disabilities and Too Small to Fail panels to encourage conversation among students and caregivers.   

The school is also receiving a small putting green for its First Tee afterschool program, as well as a covered outdoor learning space in response to feedback from teachers and staff. Trees will be planted along Azle Avenue this fall to provide beauty and act as a sound barrier between the busy street and the playground.  

The mission of W.J. Turner Elementary is to create a safe, challenging, and inspiring learning community so that each individual is equipped to persevere and excel in his or her personal and academic journey.  

The project is a part of Challenge of Tarrant County’s commitment to ensuring community health and wellness for all who call Tarrant County home.  

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About FORT WORTH ISD 

Fort Worth Independent School District strives to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership. With nearly 75,000 students attending 140 schools, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD schools. In Fort Worth, the district, community organizations, and individuals come together and listen and learn with the goal of improving student outcomes in every school in every zip code. 

About FUNDING PARTNER 

Challenge of Tarrant County is dedicated to addressing substance misuse by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, promoting collaboration, and advocating for sound public policy. With more than 250 community partners involved in an array of coalition activities, Challenge has a wealth of resources available to accomplish its goals. Challenge’s core values are seen in the programs it creates and the outcomes it achieves, and its services have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. For more than 35 years, Challenge has remained focused on community health and wellness for all who call Tarrant County home.   

About KABOOM! 

KABOOM! is the national nonprofit committed to ending playspace inequity – the reality that quality places to play are not available to every child, especially in communities of color. Since 1996, KABOOM! has partnered with kids and communities to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces and ensure that nearly 12 million kids have equitable access to the crucial benefits and opportunities that playspaces offer. In 2022, KABOOM! launched the 25 in 5 Initiative to End Playspace Inequity, the $250 million plan to accelerate its mission in 25 high-priority locations over five years. Learn more at kaboom.org or join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.