Carrsville Elementary raising funds to replace worn-out playground equipment
Published 9:33 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CARRSVILLE—Recess at Carrsville Elementary will be somewhat limited for the students when they begin the new school year on Sept. 2. They’ll find much of the playground equipment missing. That’s not because of some new policy that forbids fun, but for their safety.
Carrsville Principal Laura Matthews said an inspection earlier this summer revealed that several pieces for the K-2 grades had reached their life expectancy, and had to be removed to prevent potential injuries. Some swings and a couple of climbing bars are all that’s still usable in one area.
However, there’s no money in the budget to immediately replace what had to be taken down. So, the school’s PTA is starting a fund drive. Both Matthews and PTA President Loren McGhee are urgently hoping for a hero because the cost for what’s needed ranges in price from $21,000 to $25,000. They’d welcome an individual, business or organization that can donate much to the project in order to get the new playground pieces replaced as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, said McGhee, “We’re working very hard to raise money.”
Starting with the open house at the school this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be several raffles. An art gala is planned for November, with works created by students to be sold. Middle and high school students could also be asked along with local established artists.
Other fundraisers will be organized as needed.
Once the money is in hand, the school will go through channels to find a pre-approved company that can provide and install the slides, jungle gyms, etc.
To donate or for more information, call the school at 357-8844.