Funds gathered to build new playscape

March 28, 2016
A teacher’s dedication to education has helped land Windermere Primary School a new playscape. Windermere playscape

H-E-B last year honored Windermere Primary kindergarten teacher Erica Crowder as one of its eight state Teachers of the Year during its Excellence in Education awards. The honor included a $10,000 grant for the Pflugerville ISD campus as well as funds for Crowder herself.

The school pooled those funds together with money from cookie dough fundraisers – organized during the past two years – and donations from the Windermere PTO to purchase a new playscape. Campus officials on Thursday will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony to debut the playscape, located in the campus front playground.

“We’re so excited to be able to provide this for our students,” said Windermere Principal Christi Siegel. “Words can’t express the extreme gratitude we have for Erica, the PTO and members of our community for their contribution to the lives of our students.”

Crowder won the H-E-B Leadership Award in the elementary category, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. Crowder earned recognition for being a mentor to other teachers and interns, and has used technology and innovative learning to get kids to be successful in kindergarten and later in their education. She also ran a blog entitled “Sprinkles to Kindergarten,” which features lesson plans, teaching ideas and classroom activities, and has been acknowledged by notable teaching websites.

The new playscape will include three slides, bongos and a ridge climber feature. It has a capacity of 35 to 40 children.

Windermere Primary serves PfISD students in pre-kindergarten to second grade. It opened in 1998.

Pictured: Artist rendering of playscape (actual color scheme differs)