June 08, 2011

Why students at Imagine Southeast need a playground

We're gearing up for 2,000th playground build, which will take place next week at Imagine Southeast Public Charter School! Imagine Southeast is a tuition-free public charter school, currently serving over 480 students, which offers the first "dual academy" single-sex academic program in Washington, DC. Boys and girls are separated starting in 1st grade, creating a Boys’ Academy and a Girls’ Academy housed under one roof.

Imagine Southeast currently has no playground, but that is about to change! During recess, boys and girls will converge on the new playground to exercise, socialize, and acquire crucial developmental skills. The playground is funded in large part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in keeping with our community-build model, the community is also responsible for fundraising a share of the cost.

Last Saturday, on June 4, Imagine Southeast held a carwash, attended and organized by teachers, students, and parents alike. Here's what one Imagine Southeast teacher, Mrs. Shacola Nickens, had to say about why her students need a playground:

Learn more about our 2000th build and join us in celebrating 15 years and 2,000 playgrounds by signing our online birthday card!

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