This year, North Arvada Middle School, a 6-8 school in Arvada, Colorado, made a decision to have their 620 students put away their phones during the school day. As a result, students have spent more time interacting face-to-face with peers and playing games. We'd like to build on that success by purchasing Ninja Warrior playground equipment to encourage more physical activity among our students.
Research shows that students are much more capable of focusing when they have an outlet for physical activity, especially those students who might have ADHD or other neuro-diverse conditions. The addition of sixth grade students to North Arvada Middle School this year increased the school population by about one third, which in turn increased our population of neuro-diverse learners. The playground would be an inviting option for families of neuro-diverse students when they are selecting a middle school.
More than half our school population takes advantage of free or reduced lunch. Not all student can take gym as an elective, and many parents cannot afford to enroll their kids in sports outside of school. Currently, there is a small basketball court, a few four square courts, a running track, and a large, grassy for recreation when they go outside for recess. A Ninja Warrior playground would allow students to get exercise for free, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
All funds raised from the Colfax Marathon will be used to help purchase a Ninja Warrior course for the school.
North Arvada offers a wide range of elective classes, houses a center program for gifted and talented students, offers extracurricular activities every day of the school week, and is home to a community garden with plots available for the local community. The garden also functions as a lab for project-based learning, including current projects in which students are working to design an automatic watering system for the garden.