Jump for Joy! Student-Designed Playground Opens at WAB

WAB Middle School opened its new playground, a project led by the students.

Launched with the help of a gift from Parent Link, Middle School students – led by the Middle School Student Council – met with WAB teachers and administrators, parents, school facilities managers, and playground developers to communicate their different ideas and perspectives. 

“The StuCo was methodical with the research, giving voice to the student body and making sure they were representing as many viewpoints as possible,” Principal Marina Frias said. “The main goal is to honor the need to be social and active.” 

Because of the students’ input, the new playground area has several dynamic climbing structures, swinging equipment, a zip line, a big slide, green space, trampolines, and social areas.

“We conducted a survey with students, giving them multiple choices of what was going to be on the playground,” said Middle School Student Vice President Deviana S., a Grade 8 student. “We also met with the designers and architects who showed us a 3-D model of the playground. Lots of students are excited, specifically about the zip-line that’s going to be in the playground!”