Welcome to the West Woods Recess Expansion Project Website! Parents that are a part of the West Woods Recess Expansion Committee developed this website to educate and promote the project to help make it a reality. While this website is not an official website of the Farmington Public Schools, it is a place to learn more about the project, catch the vision and find out how to get involved. Enjoy!


purpose

Provide additional recess space and options for physical activity for West Woods Upper Elementary students.  See Plan Details.*


Benefits

The benefits of daily physical exercise, for both adults and children, have been well-documented over the years.  Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention supports recess and exercise.  It reveals that exercise:  

  • Supports social,
  • emotional, cognitive, and physical development,
  • Improves academic achievement and attention in the classroom,
  • Reduces anxiety and depression and promotes positive mental health,
  • Reduces obesity Improves concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.

For more benefits, source information, and research, see Benefits.


Unionville Lions Club $50,000 Matching gift

The Unionville Lions Club is providing an incredibly generous $50,000 matching gift.  For every dollar raised for the West Woods Playground Expansion Project, the Lions Club will match it up to $50,000.  


Farmington Community Chest $20,000 Donation

The Farmington Community Chest has provided an incredibly generous $20,000 donation!  


Plan

The plan has been designed to include opportunities for upper body strengthening, balancing, aerobic activity, and open space by carefully utilizing the remaining space next to the current recess area.  For a detailed explanation of the existing space and layout, see the Plan. *


working together

Imagine a recess environment where all fifth and six grade students of West Woods Upper Elementary School have the necessary space and increased opportunities for physical activity during recess. That's the dream the West Woods Playground Expansion Project, a joint endeavor working with the Town of Farmington, the Farmington Board of Education, the Administrators and Staff of West Woods Upper Elementary School, and parents.   The main recess area is generally limited to a blacktop surface, this expansion plan will help make the recess area more consistent with other similar Farmington Valley schools, including 5th and 6th grade schools.  With your help today, we can turn this dream into a reality.  To learn more about the existing space and the proposal, please see the Plan and please consider donating.

There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores.

Physical activity helps youth improve their concentration, memory and classroom behavior.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - CDC



thank you business and community sponsors

Trailblazer

Unionville Lions Club 

Innovator

Farmington Community Chest

West Woods Upper Elementary School Students (2017-2018)

Leader

Highland Park Market

Partner

Farmington Rotary Club

The Alexander Preston Franklin Foundation

Families of FWE

Contributors

West District School PTO

Union School PTO

Noah Wallace School PTO

East Farms School PTO

Mark and Wendy Wilson of The REACH Foundation

Eversource Energy

The Walt Disney Company Foundation

Rand Consulting

Soma Movement Studio

George's Pizza

Farmington Bank

Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Orthopedics

Flips Gymnastic Center

84 Lumber Company

FIP Contruction

Supporter

California Pizza Kitchen

Farmington Exchange Club

Taprock of Unionville

Valley Fitness Center

Malibu Fitness

Quinoco Energy Services Inc.

Eric Foley Photography

Modern Tire

Unionville Auto Body

Tink's Magical Vacations with Amy

Farmington Gardens

Friends

Farmington Valley Dance and Music

Marine Corps - Okinawa, Japan

Naples Pizza

Emerald Screen Printing

Eurocleaners

Butchers & Bakers

 



Our Partners

The Unionville Lions Club is a leader in humanitarian service by meeting the needs of people in Unionville and Farmington.   In the past they have generously donated funds for a handicap accessible van, West District Boundless Playground, Farmington's dial-a-ride van, and provided many scholarships to Farmington High School students.

The Rotary Club of Farmington is network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.  They have generously donated to UCONN Health, Farmington Library, Youth Baseball, and various scholarships.

The Farmington Community Chest is a non-profit organization founded in 1931 for the benefit of the Farmington community.  The central goal is to improve health, education opportunities, and community life.  They generously donate to many organizations such as the Farmington Food Bank, Food Pantry, Summer Camp Assistance, College Scholarships, and Services for the Elderly.