First Steps: Redesigning Stony Brook Playground

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On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the North Plainfield Safe Routes to School Committee (NPSRTSC) launched our local ShapingNJ project with the “Let’s Redesign the Stony Brook Playground” K-4 drawing contest. The contest kicked-off with much fanfare: school announcements, flyer distributions, and numerous discussions among teachers and students about the exciting possibilities for the playground area. The contest rules were simple and straight-forward: students were told that they could submit as many original artworks or playground plans as they desired up to the March 31st deadline. No limits were placed on their imaginations, they were free to ponder all the recreational possibilities of the space without the need to consider adult project limitations like budgets, construction time frames, or administrative sign-offs.

To encourage full student participation the NPSRTSC established an awards structure for the contest. First place would receive $20, second place $15, and third place would receive $10. Money for these prizes came from a generous local non-profit agency and no ShapingNJ grant money was used for this part of the program. NPSRTSC would like to extend a huge thank you to all our local donors in North Plainfield and Somerset County for their on-going encouragement and financial support of our Safe Routes to School program. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the North Plainfield Safe Routes to School program please contact Jim Crane at Ridewise 908-704-1011.

The drawing contest winners will be revealed on April 9th during morning announcements. Our contest winners will receive their recognition award at a special NPSRTSC assembly this spring when we will reveal the final equipment selection designs for the playground and how a special ribbon cutting event with members of the Borough of North Plainfield and Board of Education.

Above we have included samples from the top seven finalists and we would love to hear your feedback on the order placement for the finalists.

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