The Board of Education unanimously accepted two donations during its March 26 meeting — a $3,000 violin for Wilton High School’s music department and a $40,000 fitness course for Middlebrook School.
The violin was donated by Cider Mill school counselor Marie Geyer, who purchased the instrument in 1995 for about $2,000. The violin has been restored and is now valued at approximately $3,000.
Principal Maria Coleman sought the board’s approval for the purchase and installation of a parkour-style fitness course at Middlebrook.
The cost would include all the materials, as well as direct installation from the provider, Miracle.
Last spring, the PTA originally proposed the fitness course, said Coleman, which would allow students in grades 6-8 to engage in fitness activities during their lunch period.
According to Coleman, the idea for the course developed last year, after students commented on a lack of activities to engage in during lunch and recess.
As a result, the Middlebrook PTA and administration held focus groups with students and determined that a parkour-style course would be age appropriate and widely used.
“The PTA held several fundraising campaigns, and under the leadership of President Savet Constantine, Vice President Pam Hickey and Fundraising Chair Laura Kirkpatrick, they were able to meet their goal to fund the project,” said Coleman.
The course would be installed near the school’s basketball area in the rear of the school, between the blacktop and upper parking lot, said Coleman, where there is currently a “flat, muddy surface.”
The area would be “built up” and “filled with wood-chips,” said Coleman, adding that the area would also have water drainage.
Coleman said the layout and installation will be in accordance with school and town guidelines and Buildings and Grounds and Parks and Recreation leaders have been consulted in the project’s development.
“They [the PTA] have been working very closely with John Murphy [district custodial supervisor] and the Parks and Recreation Department,” Coleman told the board.
According to Coleman, Miracle is ready to install the fitness course over April break, which would allow “students who envisioned the project last spring to see their proposal come to fruition.”