"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But
for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood".
In winter 2022, Pierce Downer Elementary School launched PLAY! at Pierce - a campaign to raise funds for renovations to its nearly 30 year old playground. Named for the founder of the village, Pierce Downer Elementary has shared in the history of northern Downers Grove for over 70 years. Today over 325 students attend in grade levels K-6.
A new playground at Pierce Downer Elementary School would give students and the entire community a place to come together, feel safe, and have fun - a type of place that is needed now more than ever. Play is a significant part of a child's physical and mental development. Playgrounds can provide children the opportunity to develop their socialization skills with peers, engage in flexible and critical thinking as well as develop their gross and fine motor skills.
PLAY! At Pierce is asking community partners like you to help make the dream of replacing the decades-old and outdated playground equipment at Pierce Downer Elementary School a reality. PLAY! At Pierce is a subcommittee of the Pierce Downer (PD) PTA; a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that operates exclusively for charitable purposes. The PD PTA provides programs that enrich studentsí educational experiences and help build our community.