Creating a quality and safe environment for students and our local community to play and exercise is the first step to getting more children active and healthy. This is especially important to our community as 43.5% of children ages 2-5, 23.5% of children ages 6-10, 13.1% of children ages 11-14, and 13.7% of children ages 15-18 are overweight or obese in Alexandria.
Having said this, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) at Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy (LCTA) in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, sent out this email in regards to a way parents and members of the community in the Alexandria neighborhood can help keep the neighborhood kids healthy. If you have EVER been by the Lyles Crouch playground, you know this work is sorely needed (see photo above). The LCTA office is located at 530 South St. Asaph Street in Alexandria.
From the email:
“LCTA has been looking for ways to restore and improve the grass field on the school’s playground for a number of years. The hard work and determination of the outgoing PTA Board has paid off and ACPS has agreed to fund the cost of leveling the field and planting new grass. ACPS will proceed with the restoration of the west half of the grass field at LCTA soon after the school year ends. This is a huge victory for the school as the improvement and safety of our children’s outdoor play area has been a concern and focus for quite some time.
While the contractor hired by ACPS to do the field work will be responsible for the initial watering and maintenance of the field, LCTA must implement an ongoing, sustainable irrigation system in order to maintain growth of the playground field area. The cost of such an irrigation system is not being absorbed by ACPS, so it is up to us — as LCTA families and members of the community — to raise the funds to make certain the newly planted lawn does not turn back into its current condition.We have received a quote for the work, which must begin following the ACPS contractor work, likely in the July/August timeframe.
With the school year ending next week, we are asking for help from the LCTA community and friends/family/neighbors to help us raise the $16,000 required to pay for the irrigation system. All donations are tax-deductible.”