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Salem Elementary School students can now welcome the colors of the rainbow to their asphalt play area. The addition of stenciled festively painted hopscotch boards, long ball court, four-square courts, hit the stick courts and the map of the United States allows the students to play with a wide array of new games. These games help teach conflict resolution and following rules while the children have lots of fun. The bright smiles on the children's faces are a true testament to this welcome addition. This project was the idea of the school's playground committee, led by Gail Seiden and Michelle Garfield, who meet regularly with Principal Chris Shields. The actual painting was done by the district's Buildings and Grounds Department under the direction of Eric Vonderhorst using stencils purchased by the HSA. "The addition of these outdoor games to our school's play area gives the students another opportunity to play independently and creatively," says Chris Shields. "We appreciate the support of the parents who made this possible."

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