Appleton school solves recess conflicts

APPLETON - Recess used to be just sliding and swinging at Johnston Elementary School in Appleton. Now a program to get more kids involved has them adding hopscotch, four-square, and jump rope to the mix.

Parents at the school wanted to find a way to make better use of the playground, so they turned to Peaceful Playgrounds and received grants from the Appleton Education Foundation and the Johnston PTA to pay the $4,000 for the stencils, rules books, and other materials. Volunteers at Johnston spent two weeks during the summer to paint games on the blacktop. Parents and teachers say the kids are really grasping the point of the program.

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