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The Dual Immersion Academy receives a grant for a new playground

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The Dual Immersion Academy will improve its outdoor spaces this summer thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.

The Mesa Valley County School District 51 Grounds Department will remove aging equipment from behind the school to make room for new grant-funded play equipment.

The new equipment will include a climbing structure and fencing for the pre-K playground, provided by the Grand Junction Lions Club matching grant.

In addition to having a place to play, the playground allows students to interact with each other.

“Dual Immersion is a bilingual school; they learn everything in English and Spanish, and while you can do a lot of that in the classroom, there’s also that social conversation in English and Spanish on the playground that’s so important for language development, that you be bilingual or not. So they really wanted the students to have time to come together to play together to learn that social language and to really enjoy each other’s playground equipment and company,” said Emily Shockley, head of the public information.

Upon completion, the school will have a total of four playing areas. The school is also working on outdoor projects such as the installation of new football goal posts.

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