Located in the center of Southern Pines, NC, a small town of about 13,000 residents, Southern Pines Primary School serves 425 children in K-2nd grade. The school’s playground was barren and unsafe; it lacked grass, trees, and adequate playground equipment. Parents and school leadership wanted to improve the playground, so they worked to create an outdoor classroom for the children.
Students at Southern Pines Primary School now have far more opportunities for play and positive social interactions. The enhancements have inspired and provided environmental education, imaginative play, and a dedication to physical health.
“There are many different kinds of children, from ‘gross motor energizer bunnies’ to quiet, introspective children who like to look at flowers and birds. Blanchie Carter Discovery Park provides something for all children. Children respond, positively or negatively, to their surroundings, and Discovery Park provides a vibrant, diverse, rich environment.” – Bruce Cunningham, Parent