PTA donates $30,000 toward new playground

GREENVILLE – When Greenville’s elementary students return to class Jan. 12, they’ll be able take some ownership of the new school’s playground surface.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts by Woodland Primary’s PTA, the new green rubber surface on portions of the elementary playground was in part paid for by a $30,000 donation, with monies coming from several fundraisers.

The board of education accepted the significant donation during their December meeting, thanking those who participated in several fundraising efforts organized by PTA officers and carried out by the K-2 students and their families.

“We are sincerely grateful for the donation from the Woodland Primary PTA  to assist the district in selecting the alternate to upgrade the playground to the poured-in-place resilient rubber safety surfacing in several areas,” said Superintendent Doug Fries this past week. “This surfacing is a safety upgrade that will be enjoyed by the students for years to come and would not of been possible without assistance from the PTA.  The district thanks the PTA.”

According to PTA president Mary Lee Moore, students participated in a catalogue fundraiser last fall, bringing in approximately $15,000. Other fundraisers included the PTA’s Pizza Bingo, which is normally conducted in the spring, but due to the move to the new building was held in October. The PTA also partners with a couple of local businesses –  Cavalier Clothing to conduct T-shirt sales and The Don’s Pizza, which donates a portion of sales from one day a month to the PTA.

Some of the money donated by the PTA for the playground came from fundraisers in which this year’s third- and fourth-graders participated, Moore said.

“We were excited we were able to do this,” Moore said. “We have a lot of good, working people who helped out.”

The softer playground surface will be a lot safer and easy to maneuver than Woodland’s pea gravel, Moore said, especially for students who are in wheelchairs.

And, if it rains before school begins in the mornings, there’s a better chance of still having outside recess, due to the surface drying faster than organic materials.

Moore, who has a fourth-grader and a kindergartner, says Greenville’s teachers and students are looking forward to the start of classes in their brand new building this coming Thursday.

“All the teachers are ready to be in and be settled,” she said.

With the move to the new building, the PTA’s for Woodland and East will combine into one, Moore said.

Assisting Moore with this year’s fundraisers are vice president Amy Ross, secretary Layla Warner, and treasurer Stacey Wilson.

The Woodland and East PTAs will combine once the move has been made into the new school, Moore said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Thanks to a $30,000 donation by Woodland PTA, Greenville Elementary students will be playing on a softer playground surface when school resumes this week. (Susan Hartley photo)

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