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Alta Elementary PlaygroundPosted by William Walters on 2/28/2020 4:00:00 PM
I wanted to take a moment to talk about a project that we are undertaking hoprfully by this summer. The Alta Elementary playground is starting to show its years of service. From a distance it looks very noce. As you look closer you can see that the castle shaped structure is showing the 20+ years of service it has given the children of this community. Most of the structure is made of wood. and over time wood cracks and splinters. NW Iowa winters do not help the life of a wood structure as many of you know with your decks off your homes. It is getting to the point that it's going to be unsafe for play. That means the old structure will need to be removed and a new structure built. The cost of a project like that can cost between $250,000 and $350,000.
A committee has been formed to to taking on the task of raising money for this project. A dance and silent auction is being held at the Alta Community Center tommorow night with the proceed going to the construction of a new playground at Alta Elementary. This will not be the only event in to raise money for the playground. It certainly sounds like a great deal of fun and I thank our committe and everyone that has helped with this event. Please give generously.
What makes a school playground in small town Iowa so special? It's really more than a playground for school hours. It's a place for children to play outside of school hours and during the summer. Young parents and grandparents take their children to play there during these times. I here many people talk how our children play to many video games. A nice school playground gives kids a place to play outside!!!! A nice playground sends a message to people looking to relocate to our community. The message is that we care about our children.
The new playground is an investment into the present and future of Alta. The old playground setup was an excellent investment. It served this community well. We need to retire it and move on to the next phase. I am proud to be a member of this community. You can only see the possibilities that are out there for our future. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of this project.
What is Your Purpose?Posted by William Walters on 2/21/2020 8:00:00 AM
I have always tried to have a blog since I became an administrator. It helped me keep people informed and up to date on what was going on in my office during the school year and also during the summer. I tried to write about things that were going on at the state and national level that would be important to the district I worked in. With this blog, I will attempt to do the same for Alta-Aurelia.
If you have made the choice to become an educator, I would be interested in what made decide to go that direction with your life. So much negativity associated with becoming a teacher anymore. I think more people try to talk students out of becoming ateacher then ever before. My Niece was a good student in high school and enjoyed working with kids. Her mother was a thirty year elementary teacher. Gues who talked my niece out of being a teacher? My sister, the thirty year teaching veteran. My story is more common now more than ever. This type of thinking has created a teacher shortage in many areas.
Many of you got into teaching for various reasons. Never be afraid to share your what or why you decided to become a teacher. I was a special education teacher back in the day. I couldn't believe I was getting paid to teach and coach. I loved working with my students and players. It was a very special time in my life. For once in my life I felt like I was making a difference in this very complicated world. Teaching also revealed my purpose in life. Helping kids succeed! It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Working in education helped me start living my life with purpose.
I have many friends working in the private sector when I started teaching. T say the least, they were making a great deal more money then I was. Most of them tolerated the jobs they were in. I loved what I was doing and it showed. Many became envious of me. Sure, I could of used a better paycheck, but to wake up in the morning and do something you love can come with a price.
Building relationships with my students was a joy in my life. Seeing them improve and grow was a feeling I will never forget. Few careers in this world give you feedback on the difference you are making inn the world like teaching. I hope thaat you all feel the same way. You have to remmber the what and why you chose the path of educator once in a while. All of you as teachers are making a difference that few get to experience.
Why did I leave teaching for administration? Well, that is a post for another day! Have a great day!