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Ira Harbison School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Opening of New Playground

Ira Harbison School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Opening of New Playground

This month, the National School District will unveil Ira Harbison School's newly renovated playground — the first of its kind in National City.

Playground gates will be open on Shell Avenue from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 for students to tour with their parents and guardians around a new play area including LEED color basketball courts, whiffle ball field, a U10 soccer field, and future pickle ball courts. The playground contains a traditional play structure in addition to inclusive electronic games powered by kids.

Governing Board President Alma Sarmiento was thrilled to see results of the Board's unanimous vote to use Expanded Learning Opportunities Program funds to upgrade several of the district's playgrounds. "Trustees have been advocating for ways to expand physical recreation opportunities for students during, and after, the school day. These playgrounds just make you want to get outside and play."

Ira Harbison Principal Dr. Fausto Barragan agreed saying, "The students are so excited about their new playground. Teachers love it too, especially for engaging students in physical education lessons. There is something for everyone; including shade tables for students who just want to relax."

The district also has installed a new hydration station with filtered water and an updated ADA accessible ramp to the playground.

"As the second oldest school district in San Diego County, these upgrades were a long time coming," said David Castillo, National School District facilities director. "These playgrounds are a perfect complement to our districtwide sustainability efforts," said Castillo. "The turf fields and drought-friendly landscaping greatly reduce the district's water usage, yet still provide the students with an inviting space to be physically active."

National School District will host a short press conference Sept. 7 at 7:45 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting arranged by the National City Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. Members of the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event. Students must be accompanied by an adult. 


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