Because a large number of parents and community members wanted to see a dream come to fruition, the students of C. H. Campbell Elementary School arrived at school on Monday, April 22 to a renovated and updated playground.
Sharing that last year the PTO approached him about using funds raised to update the playground, school Principal Travis Lavery said last year's spring fest earnings have enabled them to complete the renovation. On Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, dozens of community members came together to donate their time, labor, and in some instances, materials, for a playground renovation, build, and install.
Having looked into building an entirely new playground and deciding it simply wasn't feasible, Lavery said they instead decided to update the existing equipment and add to it. Among the renovations was a broken slide reordered from the company it was originally purchased from 30 years ago. Gymnastic rings and an update to the existing swing set were also part of the improvements.
C. H. Campbell School Principal Travis Lavery, Dan Van Dussen, and John Hunter are pictured hard at work on Saturday, April 20, joining the more than 20 volunteers on site to make the school's updated playground a reality.
An additional swing set and tetherball pole were added, and three new pieces, including climbing walls, were installed for the younger students. Completing the project were two new bike racks, an accessory Lavery said the school has lacked.
In an effort to avoid the high cost of installation, the more than 20 volunteers came to the rescue.
"They're very excited," Lavery said of the students, who have seen the equipment awaiting installation since it arrived at the school in early October.
In addition to the number of helping hands that finished the project, Lavery offered thanks to the material donations from City Concrete and J.S. Paris Excavating, Inc.
Looking around at the volunteers spread across the playground area on Saturday morning, "We've got a lot of good people here," said Lavery.