Corbett Arts Program with Spanish teacher seeks to create unique space for play, learning

Construction will begin this summer on a nature-oriented playground at Springdale School.

Jessica Lieuallen, a second-grade teacher for the Corbett Arts Program with Spanish (CAPS), is spearheading the fundraising efforts for "Nature Space," a playground that incorporates elements of the natural world into the design.

An auction held May 18 at the Corbett Grange raised close to $30,000, which will be used to fund construction of the playground. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Here is the play area at Springdale School.

CAPS is housed at Springdale School, 32405 Historic Columbia River Highway, Springdale.

The playground will incorporate more wood instead of metal, include community art and accommodate outdoor classes.

"CAPS incorporates the arts and nature into its curriculum already," Lieuallen said. "Our playground will reflect that. It will allow for unstructured play that will develop kids' creativity as well as keeping them active and healthy."

Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and a rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30 at the Springdale campus, 32405 Historic Columbia River Highway.

Donations for the rummage sale may dropped off at the school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29.

For more information about Nature Space, visit

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