Posted on August 21, 2012

Contra Costa County: PG&E, Volunteers Brighten a Playground at Bay Point School

Gordon Miller, a teacher at Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point, and his daughter Dani were two of the volunteers who painted the playground.

BAY POINT – Students returning to Shore Acres Elementary School in Bay Point will find new stripes and bright colors on their playground thanks to volunteers, including some from PG&E.

The playground at the school, near PG&E’s Shell Pond Wetland Restoration Project site, got new stripes and paint on Saturday (Aug. 18).

A team from Playworks, an Oakland based non-profit, came to Shore Acres Elementary to organize and lead the painting with the help of PG&E and community volunteers.  Participants included members of local government, school staff and parents, local businesses and residents.

The school is located on Marina Road and is part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

One Playworks representative, Danielle Miller, painted the playground with her father, Gordon Miller, a fifth grade teacher at Shore Acres.  A variety of areas on the blacktop were re-painted to incorporate bright colors and shapes and to make existing playground activities more accessible and exciting for the upcoming school year.

The San Jose Mercury News published a series of photos from Saturday’s event.

Playworks will train Shore Acres faculty and staff on Aug. 23 to provide skills and tools for teaching students how to participate in new play methods and activities that promote inclusive and healthy interaction.

From left, PG&E’s Stephanie Isaacson, Shore Acres Principal Liz Block and Alison Townley of Playworks pose in front of the freshly painted playground.

“PG&E’s Shell Pond team has been working with community leaders like the members of the Bay Point Municipal Advisory Committee for several years as our project has progressed,” said Stephanie Isaacson, a director in PG&E’s environmental remediation department. “They have helped us identify ways for our project team to give back to the community, including suggesting that we offer valuable resources to Bay Point schools in need.”

The team is dedicated to coordinating educational and fun activities for staff and students at Bay Point schools throughout the life of the PG&E Shell Pond Wetland Restoration Project, she said.

Shore Acres Principal Liz Block joined Alison Townley, executive director for Playworks in Oakland and the East Bay, at the event.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. It operates programs in more than 300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and serves more than 130,000 elementary school students every day.






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