High Meadows touts learning through playscape

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ROSWELL, Ga. – High Meadows School celebrated the opening of its one-of-a-kind, nature-based “playscape” with a special a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 20. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, school founder Jody Holden and members from civic organizations were all in attendance for the event.

From the beginning, the 42-acre High Meadows’ mission and curriculum have been rooted in outdoor experiential play. When planning the transformation of its preschool playground, creating a space that encouraged connection to nature, discovery and exploration were vital elements.

The planning committee wanted to create a space for the school’s youngest students to climb, build, balance and imagine in a space that reflected the school’s core values. High Meadows employed HGOR, a landscape architectural firm, to design the playscape based on those values.

The work was completed over the summer under the supervision of Bill Kolbrener, a former High Meadows board member and parent.

“A play area for young children is much more than a place for slides and toys; it is an integral part of a child’s academic and social curriculum,” said Head of School Jay Underwood. “A well-planned play area engages a child’s imagination, creativity and thinking skills.

Unlike in traditional play areas, High Meadows children balance on logs, climb on hills and boulders and portray imaginary characters on an outdoor stage.

“Our preschool playscape encourages our youngest children to live our values of experiential and environmental education – and, of course, have great fun along the way,” he said.

Established in 1973, High Meadows is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, independent and nonsectarian day school for students in preschool through eighth grade. High Meadows is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. For more information, call 770-993-2940 or visit highmeadows.org.

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