Hard work pays off as Cedar Grove has new playground

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 CEDAR GROVE - Play time is better at Cedar Grove Elementary thanks to the efforts of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

A new playground set was added next to an existing set behind the school building for students at recess and during school events.

The new set includes three slides, a plastic rock climbing wall, balance beam, stable monkey bars and a tunnel.

Installation was completed during summer months, making the set ready for the first day’s recess time.

Cedar Grove PTO president Dawnn Williamson said funding took place for over three years, beginning with a former PTO group and continued by the current group.

“The previous PTO started raising funds in 2008,” she said. “We restarted the PTO in 2009 and began adding to what was already collected.”

PTO fundraisers have included events such as the school’s fall festival and breakfast with Santa, along with sales of cookie dough and City Saver coupon books.

The playground set is surrounded by a bed of crumb rubber, allowing for a softer play and landing area. Williamson said the school received a state crumb rubber grant through Waste Management.

PTO members credited Cedar Grove families for their assistance and involvement, along with the school’s teachers and staff.

“The kids will get lots of exercise here,” Williamson said.

With the new set in place, the PTO’s next project is to remodel the older playground set.

Along with Williamson, Cedar Grove PTO members include school principal Andy Moberly, teacher representatives Rebecca Dennis and Travis Whitworth, first vice-president Amy Bush, second vice-president Emily Monarch, treasurer Donna Stottman, box tops/Campbell’s Soup labels coordinator Melanie Watson and secretary Margaret Newman.