District Shows Support for Natural Playscape Project and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Award

The GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Committee, a partnership between the GW Elementary School PTO and the Hudson Valley Montessori Educators recently was awarded $15,000 towards a Natural Playscape project that includes an outdoor classroom and playground enhancements.

We are still awaiting our contracts from the City of Kingston (now almost four months behind schedule). In the meantime, the Kingston City School district has shown its support with a “letter of support” from our Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and a resolution that passed unanimously through the Board of Education.

The first GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Committee meeting will occur on Tuesday, November 5th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in the school cafeteria where we hope to update parents on the state of the grant.   In addition to the $15,000 grant amount, the GW PTO contributed $5,000 to the effort.



Kingston City School District

Board of Education                                                                                       October 16, 2013


Resolution #2013-BOE35

WHEREAS, the George Washington Elementary School PTO Natural Playscape Committee was awarded a $15,000 grant to start a Natural Playscape Project, which is the creation of a natural place where children can play using natural items such as native plants, fallen logs, boulders, rocks and trees; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education believes that the Natural Playscape Project is a wonderful idea and will benefit the students at George Washington Elementary School;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby congratulates the GW Elementary School PTO Natural Playscape Committee on the grant award for this purpose,  supports the Committee’s efforts  and the Natural Playscape Project at GW Elementary School.



Letter for Superintendant