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Back to School with a new playground

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 BROOKS - The students at Brooks Elementary had a swinging time during opening week.

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Students participated in the grand opening celebration of the Brooks Elementary playground. The area is a mix of old and new, with some of the parts retrieved from the old Brooks campus on East Blue Lick Road.

The new parts were purchased through funding from the CSX Corporation in the amount of $30,000. The playground includes swings, slides, hanging bridges and a new climber resembling a spider web.

Principal Cheri Lineweaver credited CSX for assisting with the school and maintaining a receptive relationship with the school since the 2007 train derailment. The Brooks facility was evacuated during the derailment.

“I made a phone call, that was all,” said Lineweaver. “I got a call 45 minutes later, and they committed $30,000 to the project. That gives me cold chills.”

David Hamby, CSX Louisville division manager, attended the ceremony, speaking to students about the importance of trains in today’s society. He also said CSX was committed to working with the Brooks area. “We have a lot of CSX employees that live in the community of Brooks,” he said. “It’s important to serve this community.”

Bullitt County Public Schools superintendent Keith Davis thanked Lineweaver, along with the Brooks staff and PTA, for their efforts toward preparing a new school building along with the playground area.

Davis also thanked CSX for their ongoing verbal commitment to assist in the community.

“You’ve always helped since the derailment,” said Davis. “We greatly appreciate the community partnership.”