After reading in the Town Crier that students at Market Street Elementary School were without a playground, Boardman resident Robert Boyd decided to do something about it by offering the school his playground equipment estimated at $3,000.
''The thought of kids playing in a parking lot for recess is just unacceptable. [I'm] willing to donate the camel crawler I have to the Market Street Elementary School if they will use it to add onto their playground repair plans,'' Boyd said. ''It's valued at $3,000 new. I'd like to give it to someone that can use it and who better than a school that doesn't have a usable playground.''
In addition to his equipment, Boyd has also offered to provide PTA members and the school with resources to assist with additional federal funding for the school's playground plan.
Photo by Eartha Terrell, Town Crier
Boardman resident Robert Boyd wants to help Market Street School give students a place to unwind.
Although Market Street Elementary School has expressed an enormous amount of gratitude for Boyd's gesture, due to safety regulations, the school cannot accept his offer according to Market Street Elementary School principal James Stitt.
According to playground chairman, Katie Butto, the school still plans to move forward with its three-phase plan to raise more than $60,000 for new equipment. These events include a $10 raffle with prizes such as an iPad and a Kindle Fire and Pasta for Playground event March 15..
''With the testing and increased curriculum, they need an outlet and a place where they can just be children,'' said PTA vice president, Tiffany Mrza.
According to Butto, the new state-of-the-art equipment would allow a broad array of age groups to enjoy it as well as grant accessibility to children with special needs, providing an outlet for students as well as the community.