Students help design next playground at Woodbury Elementary School


Students at Woodbury Elementary School are pictured designing what they would like to see as the next playground at the school.

The designers of the next playground at Woodbury Elementary School put pencil to paper as part of a design day on May 30. These designers happen to also be students at the school who are providing input on what they would like to see for the new playground, which is being made a possible by a $50,000 grant from KaBoom and Keurig Dr. Pepper.

“We want the kids to feel they are a part of this project since they are the play experts,” said Cristina Perez, of KaBoom, which is a national non-profit group which partners with schools on playground builds.

Students each took a piece of paper which read “My dream playground” at the top and were asked to draw what they want the new playground to look like. Second grader Marco Sanchez Juarez drew a playground that had two slides, a bridge and a tunnel.

“I like to go through tunnels,” Marco said.

The playground will be built by the community on July 19, 2019, exactly one year after a tornado damaged many homes in the Woodbury neighborhood. Those interested in volunteering for the playground build can click here, or visit the Marshalltown Schools website at

This playground idea was started by Jeff Wrage of Keurig Dr. Pepper who is a 1981 Marshalltown High School graduate. Fareway is also a partner on the building aspect of the project.