MONTGOMERY — Last fall, Barr-Reeve students in kindergarten through fifth grade raised money for new playground equipment that would be purchased through a matching grant through Gametime.
During the “Pennies for the Playground” campaign, students at the school were able to raise over $8,500 and secured sponsorship for the additional funds needed for the equipment. The class that raised the most money was awarded the chance to play on the new equipment before the other students.
For kindergarten students, Monday morning was the day to cash in their winnings. Installation of the new equipment was completed last week and with the sun shining, students took off running to the new equipment.
“The students have been waiting to play on this new equipment for a long time,” said Principal Dena Lengacher. “I don’t think their smiles could have been any bigger today.”
The process for getting the new equipment was started last year when school nurse Mandy Ash applied for the matching grant to replace some 25-year old wooden equipment on the school grounds. The two new structures include monkey bars, slides among other things.
“Everyone pulled together to make this new playground equipment possible,” said Lengacher.
In addition to the kindergarten students being the first to play on the new equipment, Lengacher said that first grade students would be using the equipment during physical education classes weather permitting throughout the week.