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Creekbend Dedicates New Playground Funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS Foundation

Posted Date: 5/17/24 (4:25 PM)

(May 17, 2024)—It was an exciting celebration at Creekbend Elementary & Middle School today, as some students and teachers gathered to cut the ribbon on their brand-new 21st-century playground! Be sure to catch the story tonight on WLOX.
The innovative playground was funded by a generous grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The new 7,560-square-foot playground features 29 pieces of play equipment, safety surfacing, and shading systems. Students enjoyed trying out the zip lines, rock-climbing wall, slides, swings, musical instruments, and more. The structures are designed for physical activities such as climbing, crawling, jumping, and running to improve balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health while promoting creativity and building social skills.
Creekbend is blessed to be one of four schools in the state selected for the playground grant this year. Creekbend was selected because the school did not have a playground. The foundation also provided Creekbend with teacher education curriculum and hands-on training designed to offer creative ways to maximize playground activities during recess, physical education classes, and before-and-after-school programs. According to the foundation, creating an environment for children to experience unstructured play supports their physical health and increases their chances of succeeding in the classroom.
We are incredibly grateful to the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for its partnership in the construction of this fabulous new playground! Our students are thrilled to have such a fun and wonderful place to play, be active, and enjoy social interaction! We also appreciate members of the Trident Foundation for supporting and assisting us with the project. Judging from the joy and excitement on the children’s faces, they love this latest addition to their campus!

Watch highlights from the ceremony here: Creekbend School Playground Dedication (