OCOEE – The 18-acre campus of Innovation Montessori Ocoee, which is located at 1610 N. Lakewood Ave, will soon have a large recreational and play space area.
The school, which officially opened its doors Monday, Jan. 8, was able to purchase high-quality and innovative playground equipment that was assembled and installed on the 45,000 square-foot play area for the school’s 425 first through eighth-grade students using a construction grant.
The $15,000 grant – provided by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the national nonprofit KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that helps underserved communities build playgrounds – will be used for the new campus’s two large outdoor play spaces totaling 62,000 square feet.
According to Sherilyn Moore, the campus will have flower and herb gardens situated near a retention pond, an outdoor classroom, a 4.5-acre nature preserve and the two playgrounds surrounded by 200 oak trees the school board decided to integrate into the campus during construction.
One playground, which will be for the primary students, will be 17,000 square feet and the second, for the elementary and middle-school students, will be an environmental playground measuring 45,000 square feet.
“This generous grant from DPS and KaBOOM! will enable our school to greatly enhance the outdoor experience at our new 18-acre campus,” said Sherilyn Moore, the president of the school’s board of directors.
“Our school educates the whole child. An important part of that is honoring the child’s ability to learn through play. Innovative play equipment like this not only strengthens their cognitive, physical, and social skills, but it’s also great fun.”
According to a press release, the school recently hosted a Community Playground Build Day wherein about 50 people helped construct the enormous playground equipment with assistance from professional installers, parents of students, administration staff, PTO and Board Members and City of Ocoee firefighters from Station 26 and Mayor Rusty Johnson.