Let your 5th graders play on the Green!
  • Petitioned Dana Jarrett

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Davidson Elementary School
Dana Jarrett

Let your 5th graders play on the Green!

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October 2013


From Petition Organizer: The community rallied together to overturn the ban!

On Friday afternoons, Davidson Elementary School once let fifth graders with parental permission leave school to play on the Village Green.

But the school has decided to ban on the longtime tradition—even with an OK from mom and dad, students can no longer walk to the Green from school. Instead, they must ride home on the school bus or get picked up by their parents.

Why? The school’s interim principal told Davidson News that “students are too young to be out without an adult.” The ban was prompted by complaints about safety and unruly behavior.

We live in an era where children are playing outdoors less than any previous generation. The average child spends over 7 hours a day in front of a screen and one in three is overweight or obese. Unfounded safety fears and litigious threats routinely prevent our children from challenging themselves and developing self-sufficiency.

Amidst all this madness, the Fridays on the Green tradition provided Davidson fifth graders with a vital opportunity to learn self-sufficiency, get exercise, and reap the educational benefits of unstructured outdoor play. Join us to overturn this needless ban!

Photo by Visit Greenwich (cc).

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brenda Wilson SPENCER, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      I, too, an concerned that our society has gone too far with safety concerns. Let's work to make sure that our communities are full of people who know each other so that kids can walk to a playground and walk home from school under the watchful eyes of a caring community.

    • wendy colschen RAWLINS, WY
      • over 2 years ago

      Kids need to be able to play outdoors...what, would you rather lock them in?

    • Karen Stewart DAVIDSON, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am appalled that a school believes they have the right to control children's time, where they go and what they do after school hours. This is the right of the parents, not the school. This is not theirs to ban!

    • Becky Neal DAVIDSON, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I just finished a very pleasantt conversation with the new DES principal, Mr. Jarrett. He informed me he met with the 5th grade students just a few minutes ago. There will be a letter coming home that will make children and parents happy!!!! Do not know exact wording of letter to post it here. All of your comments and support have surely helped things to this point

    • Kathy Goody DAVIDSON, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Let the kids roam while they can...it is safe it is great fun and builds confidence and creates a sense of empowerment to be left alone. Please don't let others take this away from all....


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