USD 230, SHES Receives Grant from KDHE

USD 230, SHES Receives Grant from KDHE
Posted on 01/03/2022
SHES Playground

The kindergarten playground at Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES) looks different now than it did at this time last year and for good reason. The Spring Hill School District was selected as a grant recipient this year from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Waste Tire Program. The $21,190.74 grant allowed USD 230 to convert the SHES playground from wood chips to a pour-in-play surface made from waste tire material.


“The surface upgrade to our playground is softer and cleaner than our previous surface of wood chips,” said SHES Principal Tammy Endecott. “The teachers have shared that they like it better because students are not getting them stuck to their clothing. The new surface also has a bounce to it so when students fall, they are less likely to get hurt. It is an upgrade that we very much appreciate!”


School districts, cities and counties in Kansas are eligible to apply for the Waste Tire Grant program each year. In 2021, KDHE awarded a total of nearly $500,000 in grant funding to more than 45 organizations. To view the complete grant recipient list, please visit: 2021 Waste Tire Grant Awards


"We want to give KDHE a big ‘Thank You’ for approving and providing the grant for the resurfacing of the Spring Hill Elementary School's kindergarten playground,” said Director of Facilities Kyley Delphia. “We now have a much cleaner and more attractive playground surface for the students of Spring Hill Elementary School."


To learn more background on the Waste Tire Grant program, please visit: https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/710/Waste-Reduction-Grant-Guidelines-Forms