For some children, the grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence. The students at Pinnacle Canyon Academy Elementary School have a great view of the city, but no grassy area to play on.
Student government president Lydia Winget saw that her fellow students were getting scraped up and hurt as they play on the asphalt on a regular basis. She decided to take on the task of turning a dirt lot next to the school into a flat, grassy field that the children would be able to play on. The PCA student government is comprised of Winget, treasurer Destinee Andrews, vice president Kayden Axelsen and secretary Hadley Dunn. They have all jumped into this project, named Green 4 Green, with open arms.
Elementary School Principal Mark Stuckenschneider said this is the first time that the student council has taken on a project that wouldn’t benefit them. The student council will all move to the middle school before the grass field is ready for elementary students to play on.
Axelsen explained that they are trying to get enough sod to cover approx 10,000 square feet of ground. Dunn added that the council is asking the community for help with donations of sod, top soil and sprinkler systems. Also needed is volunteers for time and heavy equipment to move dirt and grade the field.
Andrews added that they would appreciate any donated sporting equipment like tether ball poles, soccer balls and goals.
Mae Aguayo, whose daughter attends the school, will be the parent coordinator to help organize some of the adult volunteers for the project. Aguayo said that if there are any community donors who step up with large contributions of money or materials, they will be recognized with a plaque or by naming the field after them.
The elementary school grades K-5 has close to 200 students enrolled from Carbon and Emery counties Pinnacle Canyon has approximately 540 students enrolled in grades K-12.
Stuckenschneider estimates the project will cost between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on what they can gather in donated materials and labor.
Those interested in donating or becoming involved with the project should call PCA at (435) 613-8102 and ask for the elementary school.