The Process That Started With A Dream

A TEAM VISION

After the referendum passed to build a new school in 2016, the PTO & Sherri really started talking. The PTO engaged a team of designers from Design Studio Etc, Plunkett Raysich Architects and other professionals who graciously donated their time and talents to develop a Master Plan – not knowing if we could bring the DREAM to REALITY, but taking the first step forward to do something really special in Lodi. 

 

The team wanted to accommodate handicapped accessibility as much as possible within budget constraints, while another goal was materializing for the playground design group at the same time. Seeing the natural beauty in the new school landscape and our community as a whole, the design team started researching the educational and emotional benefits of natural play spaces. From this research, educators made the exciting decision to incorporate many natural play elements in the design - intending to engage creativity and fun, while reducing emotional stress and conflict for our youngest students. This has become a key element in the design of both playground areas. 

 In 2015, long before a new school referendum was approved by the community, two students with physical handicaps in the primary/OSC school completed a school project about accessibility on their existing school playground. Their final project was a video which clearly illustrated how difficult it was to traverse up the hill and maneuver around the grass and mulch to interact at their playground – leaving very few ways for them to participate. In the winter, any outdoor play became next to impossible for them both, one in a wheelchair and one visually impaired. As a result, Sherri Endress-Lovell, the principal of the school, came to the PTO and requested that we set aside our usual annual donation from the PTO to save up money to help students like Hunter and Noah.  

In 2015, long before a new school referendum was approved by the community, two students with physical handicaps in the primary/OSC school completed a school project about accessibility on their existing school playground. Their final project was a video which clearly illustrated how difficult it was to traverse up the hill and maneuver around the grass and mulch to interact at their playground – leaving very few ways for them to participate. In the winter, any outdoor play became next to impossible for them both, one in a wheelchair and one visually impaired. As a result, Sherri Endress-Lovell, the principal of the school, came to the PTO and requested that we set aside our usual annual donation from the PTO to save up money to help students like Hunter and Noah.​

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 Lodi PTO Meeting Dates

The first Monday of the month at 7 pm in the LES library. Children are welcome.

September 11, 2017   •   October 2, 2017

November 6, 2017   •   December 4, 2017

January 8, 2018   •   February 5, 2018

March 5, 2018   •   April 2, 2018

May 7, 2018  •    June 4, 2018

 

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