“HISD SPARK Parks Offer Options for Students and Community”


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Berry Elementary will benefit from having a Spark Park thanks to the efforts of Principal Deborah Silber and funds that come from the district’s $805 million bond program. About 150 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools already benefit from this program and other schools are currently in the process of developing plans to get a Spark Park at their school. Parks are mostly funded through federal grants; still schools and the school district are required to raise funds as well. The park at Berry elementary will feature art work that displays the neighborhood’s Hispanic heritage. “We took the interest in the needs of the community and incorporated it into the park,” said Principal Silber. The park will be open to the community and during school hours the park will be incorporated into the curriculum, so students can learn while they play.


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