At the Fox Meadow picnic on the evening of September 10, a new playground was dedicated at the school. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of “Operation Blacktop,” a year-long project by Mr. Besancon’s fifth grade class who researched playground equipment, polled students on what they liked and raised close to $2,000 to fund the project. These funds were supplemented with donations from the Fox Meadow PTA and the Fox Meadow Neighborhood Association to pay for the new equipment and build the new space.
Fox Meadow Principal Duncan Wilson greeted the fifth graders who returned to the school for the dedication, saying, “It’s not just test scores and grades you remember … it’s the kind of work you did with Mr. Besancon.” In an email, Wilson said, “We are very proud of the students' efforts. To me, it represents a great example of real life problem solving- the kind of thinking and communicating that we want our children doing.”