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Toe the line for our kids

Dear Editor:

Children need to be able to run around, climb, swing, slide and jump at their recess time. They need to be able to exert energy to get the good endorphins flowing so they can better concentrate on their studies.

The kids at Basalt Elementary School are being challenged with not enough equipment to play on as well as some existing equipment not working. The playground is more than 20 years old. At that time, it held the smaller class sizes, but now the school has grown tremendously to more than 650 kids – kids who only get a few minutes to play out there, and most of them end up waiting in line to have a turn.

Our valley prides itself on being a fit and healthy community, so I am asking for your support. I have organized with the help of the school, Parents in Education and the Basalt Education Foundation to host our first BES Halloween Fun Run on Oct. 27. All proceeds will go to refurbish and add to our existing playground. You may register at under “BES Halloween Fun Run” or in person on race day. The fundraiser includes a 5K, one-mile family walk and a 100-yard dash (for children 12 and younger). Please visit for more information, or there are signs up throughout the valley.

It will be a fun event. You can wear Halloween costumes, too! Please come out and support us in this effort to improve our kids’ futures. Children have so much pressure on them today. Let’s help them stay healthy and strong by giving them a better playground!

Thank you for your support.

Melissa Bowman, race director


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