Kiwanis Club of Polson

The Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Nation and Lake County is constructing a new facility across from Polson Middle School and Polson High School and near the elementary schools Cherry Valley and Linderman. The Club needs a contiguous playground to enable the youth to feel safe and have wholesome outside activity. The playground will impact over 200 youth a day from the ages of 6 through 17 in Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation, providing safe structured opportunity for play to all children attending the Boys and Girls Club. The majority of the 1,700 youth and teens in the Polson and Valley View School Districts who will benefit are of low socioeconomic and disadvantaged status. Safe and engaging play activities have been shown to improve the social emotional health of children. Lake County has the fifth highest rate of adolescent suicide in the state of Montana, which itself has the nation's highest suicide rate. Providing children with outlets that encourage being outside, cooperative play, and a healthy channeling of their energy is the cornerstone of this project.

Additional Information

What organizations will support this playground project?: Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County, Kiwanis Club of Polson, Polson High School Key Club, and Lions Club.
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: The Boys and Girls Club Executive Director has provided us with a timeline that has us breaking ground for the playground before June 2021.
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: Polson Kiwanis Club will maintain our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and Polson High School Key Club and provide ongoing volunteer and financial support. In building the playground at the newly constructed Polson Boys and Girls Club we will endow the children of this community with a resource that will provide opportunities for safe and cooperative play, exercise in the outdoors, and the knowledge they are valued by their community. The Club provides children with a place to belong and become. It is our hope and prayer that we will make that an even better and more welcoming place with this playground.

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