The Department of the Interior is giving $1.5 million in grant funding to the Government of Guam for Guam Department of Education playgrounds and fitness equipment.
According to a joint announcement from the Governor’s Office and GDOE, 34 public elementary and middle schools from around the island will soon get new playgrounds, gym equipment and field improvements. The Calvo administration says they were able to secure the federal funding via a collaborative effort with GDOE in order to help them “accelerate its plans to upgrade all elementary school playgrounds.” The funding will allow for the addition of new playground equipment and could possibly allow for multi-purpose courts and surfaces.
$1.3 million out of the $1.5 million will go towards funding upgrades to elementary school playgrounds. The remaining $200 thousand will go to middle school fields and equipment. The federal funds will bring some much-needed improvements to the island’s aging public school playgrounds.
Governor Calvo is quoted as saying “On playgrounds, children run, swing, and climb – strengthening their bodies. They play together and learn how to take turns, how to follow and lead their peers. These are life skills that strengthen their character and build them up to be the forward thinkers of our island.” GDOE Superintendent John Fernandez is quoted as saying, “these improvements will help keep our kids healthy by offering them an outlet to stay active and to also learn about teamwork and problem solving. I want to thank Governor Calvo for this investment that will touch every village community on Guam and impact our students.”