elementary students playing Gaga Ball at recess

In the spring of 2019, six Cherry Crest students decided to “make recess better” and launched a plan to raise funds for the school. Selling donuts door to door, the students donated nearly $500 to the elementary school. After surveying their classmates, the consensus improvement was to add Gaga Ball pits for students to use during recess.

Gaga Ball is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands, and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the knee.

In addition to the fundraising from students, Dunn Lumber donated additional materials and a community volunteer from Jubilee Reach built the structures this summer. This fall, after the installation of our turf field, they set up the gaga ball pits and students started using them right before break. Each recess scores of students enjoy this fun, active and accessible activity!

Cherry Crest students smiling in front of donated Gaga Ball pit

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.