Some local school kids spend their recess in the dirt, not on the monkey bars because someone swiped needed parts to put up their playground equipment, according to the school.
Colorado Springs Charter Academy opened this school year. The dirt field or tennis court was suppose to be a temporary playground, but months later, there’s still not equipment standing. The equipment is in a pile, in the middle of a field. The platforms that are the foundation of the equipment are missing.
“Right now the kids are being pretty creative on our playground," said School Principal Martha Huddleston.
The school bought the equipment used to save money. It cost $6,000. Now the Parent Teacher Organization or PTO has ordered new platforms, for $7,500. That means more fund raising for the PTO to pay both bills.
"Its very disheartening. It’s been a very sad story for us. We've done as much as we can to get that in the ground," said PTO member and parent Mary Tafoya.
Older kids play in the dirt field. First and second graders play in an old tennis court.
“Its just a shame that someone would do something like this. These kids don't deserve this," said Tafoya.
The PTO says they're trying to come up with new fund raising efforts and looking for volunteers to help put the playground together. Until then the kids will play during recess on the dirt or in a tennis court.
To Help the School:
Colorado Springs Charter Academy
2577 N. Chelton Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Attn: Playground Fund
Questions regarding bricks that families or companies can buy to be placed in their honor on the playground call 719.359.1402.