Dallas School District to receive $5,000 grant from Lowe’s to build a fitness, playground center

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com


    By Eileen Godin


    DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education to build an Early Childhood Fitness and Playground Center, reported Greg Riley, assistant principal at Dallas High School.

    The Dallas School Board heard about the grant from Riley during Monday night’s school board meeting along with presentations about the 2016-17 course selection program at the middle and high schools.

    This is the second year the district applied for the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, said Thomas Duffy, superintendent.

    “Lowe’s Toolbox of Education is a yearly program through their corporate office in North Carolina that secures grants for community development based in education,” Riley said.

    The grant will be used to build an “Early Childhood Fitness and Playground Center behind the Dallas High School where a plastic toy has worn out,” Riley said. The Dallas High School’s Early Education Program uses the playground.

    The project to build the playground will be entirely student-centered, he said. Lumber and other materials will be provided “at cost” by Lowe’s, he said.

    In other news, a career awareness program, called Career Adventuring, is proposed for the 2016-17 sixth-grade curriculum, Duffy said.

    The career program would not require additional staff at the Dallas Middle School, he said.

    Students would meet several times throughout the year to learn about careers from guest speakers, he said.

    Another addition to the school day will be the time allotment for the Middle School’s Science Olympiad team to meet during the school day, Duffy said.

    Jason Rushmer, principal at Dallas High School, suggested a change from nine 42-minute periods a day to eight 43-minute periods with a 30-minute lunch break in the high school’s proposed course description book.

    The suggested format will provide staff to “better address our (cafeteria) tables and improve hygiene,” Rushmer said.

    The next Dallas School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 in the district’s administration building.

    Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

    Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

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