Northeast Times

Smedley School wants a new playground

Mas­tery Charter Smed­ley Ele­ment­ary School, 1790 Bridge St. in Frank­ford, is com­pet­ing to win up to $50,000 for a new play­ground in an on­line con­test sponsored by Clorox.

The school en­rolls 715 stu­dents in kinder­garten through sixth grade and is look­ing to de­vel­op a play re­cess pro­gram.

The cur­rent play­time space is a former park­ing lot full of un­even and broken black­top. The school does not have enough play equip­ment for every­one, and it’s hard to or­gan­ize activ­it­ies.

School of­fi­cials say this leads to mis­be­ha­vi­or, and daily struc­tured play will lead to im­proved test scores and in­creased so­cial and emo­tion­al growth.

If Smed­ley wins a grant, it would put the money to­ward a smooth flat sur­face; trees to block some of the sun; play­ground equip­ment with swings and slides; fit­ness equip­ment; bas­ket­ball courts with nets; and a space for a ve­get­able garden.

Clorox funds a grant pro­gram called Power A Bright Fu­ture.

Vot­ing con­tin­ues through Wed­nes­day, Dec. 19, at 11:59 p.m. Any­one 13 and older can vote once a day by go­ing to www.power­ab­right­fu­ture.com

Votes for Smed­ley will also be ac­cep­ted by tex­ting 2399pbf to 95248.

There are 508 con­test entrants. The grand prize win­ner will re­ceive $50,000. The next top two vote-get­ters will each re­ceive $25,000. The Clorox judging pan­el will se­lect three ad­di­tion­al schools to win a $25,000 grant.

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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