Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the 20th Anniversary of the school where I was principal. The school and community is similar in so many ways to school and community that I experienced. We were blessed with caring parents, dedicated teachers and wonderful students.
Curran Elementary holds a special place in my heart. I begin testing my playground theories, experimenting with playground improvements and looking at students interactions. We were an elementary school with 1225 students in a school build for 660. Needless to say, we needed solutions to problems and an organized playground which later formed the foundation of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program.
It is amazing to reflect on the fact that Peaceful Playgrounds began at one elementary school in Southern California 15 years ago and today has spread to over 8000 schools across the nation and through out the world.
I'm proud to say that Peaceful Playgrounds is still in existence today at Curran Elementary.
Here's a link to an article on the 20th Anniversary Celebration at Curran Elementary.