NEWBURY — Newbury Elementary School and the NES PTA GROWS committee invite the public to a melodious evening with music by David Corson at the Newbury Elementary School playground on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bring a picnic dinner or enjoy food vendors Dos Amigos, Monstah Dawgs or New England Ice Lollies. Music courtesy of Evolvement Music.

The community concert and event will celebrate the NES PTA GROWS Schoolyard Rebuild Campaign — Re-imaging and Rebuilding the Schoolyard for Fun and Play.

The overall goal of the campaign is to get students outside for play and learning, increase physical activity in students, youth and adults, create an inviting space for all community members, and increase community spirit and pride.

The current playground equipment on the grade 1-6 playground is 18 years old and is showing significant signs of wear and tear. Although repairs have been made recently, the largest play structure and surrounding pieces are in need of significant investment.

With this in mind, NES GROWS is embarking on a campaign to improve the structures with new, creative pieces and remodel underutilized areas of the schoolyard to create a challenging, ADA-compliant schoolyard that better meets the needs of NES students and the greater Newbury community.

The plan includes outdoor learning features that can be utilized by teachers to make science, math and English/language arts concepts come to life, and create new play opportunities for the children of Newbury. A stage, outdoor gathering areas, a rejuvenated woodland nature path, and additional activities will further engage children in activities that reinforce classroom curriculum and increase physical activity.  

Furthermore, features, such as exercise stations and game area, will be added to make the space multi-generational so that community members may also utilize the grounds when school is not in session. 

To save on costs and increase community connectedness, NES GROWS will be using a community build model, relying on many volunteers and donations. NES GROWS will look to local community members, businesses and organizations to donate their time, construction materials, tools, food and child care for volunteers.  

For more information or to join the email list to receive schoolyard updates, email nesgrows@gmail.com or check out the latest news at www.nesgrows.com. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/NewburyElementarySchoolyard.

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