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Sidewalk fun at ELC

Young students enjoy additional activities on playground

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Apr 29, 2021

Young Estherville Lincoln Central Demoney Elementary students received a playground surprise Monday morning.

Volunteers led by the ELC Parent Action Team painted activities on the sidewalks surrounding the early childhood playground. The activities include a hopscotch pattern as well as a four-square box, but also a set of mazes and other activities and children travel along the sidewalk.

“It just gives the students more to do on the playground,” said ELC kindergarten teacher Jana Ludwig.

These kindergartners weighed in on the activities.

“I like it because it gives me exercise. My favorite is the dance part, because I can do I what I want.”–Connor

“I love using the paths to get to the world and look at all the countries in the world.”–Kinnick

“All the colors make the playground look cool.”–Leo

ELC PAT President Liz Montgomery said elementary PE teacher Amber Pruin came up with the idea. Pruin had used sidewalk chalk in the past in a similar manner. Painting the sidewalk makes it more permanent.

Montgomery said a handful of moms and a student seeking purple cord hours took three hours to do the paintings this last weekend.

“Another goal of the PAT is putting in more playground equipment for the smaller (pre-K, kindergarten) playground,” Montgomery said.

The PAT sold geraniums this spring, and Montgomery said that fundraiser went well.