The Dual Immersion Academy will revamp recess with an incoming play area

GRAMD JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The Dual Immersion Academy is revamping recess, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The academy’s Parent-Teacher Association conducted a student survey, and the student body voted to rock the future with new playground equipment.

Given that the current playground has been around for 20 years, DIA Principal Heptner agrees with the students that it’s high time for a tune-up.

“Getting out in the fresh air, getting around, playing games and learning social skills is really part of an important growth experience for students of all ages,” says Monica Heptner, Principal of Dual Immersion Academy.

The DIA administration began researching plans for this idea long before the grant.

“One of our goals was a pre-K on the playground to have equipment of the right size and level for little kids,” Heptner shares.

A goal they will achieve by creating a total of four play areas. The design includes a new play area for the back of the school, a climbing structure on one side of the grass and a new area of pre-k games on the other.

Principal Heptner says the equipment that will arrive, built on the imaginations of DIA students, will be accessible to the community outside of school hours.

“I can’t wait to see them come out and play and then the gear and they’re the ones who really decided what it would be like,” Heptner exclaims.

Funding also comes from the Grand Junction Lions Club because, at the end of the day, it’s all about the kids.

“We want our students to connect with each other to play through friendship, through language;” Heptner mentions, “For us, this playground will be another opportunity for students to really get to know each other.”

The new play equipment has already been purchased and should arrive soon. The first groundbreaking begins in June.

Harold B. McConnell