For the past decade, Missoula Sunrise Rotary has been involved in supporting improvements and maintenance of the Jefferson School playground. During that time, the Jefferson School program has become THE pre-school program center for Missoula County Public Schools. As such, students beginning at three plus years of age (specifically those with special needs) are served along with peer models not requiring special services.
The first Sunrise Rotary project (in 2012) was a multi-level sandbox to serve the needs of handicapped and non-handicapped students. Also, a bridge and dry stream bed were developed as a part of this project. This was a collaborative effort involving Lowes, Valley Landscape, Mauer Construction and Missoula Sunrise Rotary.
The following year, Missoula Sunrise spearheaded the installation of a climbing structure designed specifically for pre-school students.
During the succeeding years, Missoula Sunrise has been involved in general maintenance, including weed removal, raking the fibar surface, re-painting the entry arch and storage shed, and staining the pergola. Also, trees, donated by a very supportive neighbor, have been planted in honor of his late wife.
The latest update to the playground effort is the re-roofing of the child-sized cabin which is a part of the Jefferson Playground. This cabin was the creation of a Missoula County Public School senior some years ago as part of her Senior Project. As you can see from the attached photos, it was in need of some TLC. The re-roofing was completed late this summer so that students, staff and the public could enjoy the cabin in a refurbished condition.
Please feel free to drop by Jefferson School at the corner of South and Catlin to take a look at this very special playground.
My hope, and anticipation, is that Missoula Sunrise Rotary will continue to support the Jefferson School Playground and the students, staff, and community it serves.
Many thanks to Melissa Moss-Larson (former Jefferson School staff member, now a school district Autism Specialist) who not only helped develop the vision for the Jefferson playground, but also helped with fund-raising. developed donors, and kept very good records on the progress of the playground.