New Play Area for Children Opens at Chestnut Hill Elementary

After Weeks of Construction, Chestnut Hill Elementary Opens New Play Area for Children

With the warm weather in full swing, it was the perfect time for students of Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Liverpool to enjoy their brand new play area. The playground’s opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 11. No more than two minutes later, children were running, jumping, climbing, laughing, testing, sliding, and exploring the new activity area.

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“Those kids went right to work on that stuff!” said Dana Johnston, a project volunteer. “Before this, they literally had nothing they could climb on without getting splinters, and half the time the old playground was under water for days after a rain or snow.”

The Chestnut Hill Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) stepped up to begin raising money last year for the much needed playground. Chestnut Hill received grants from the Central New York Community Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program to help purchase the equipment. The PTO hopes that the playground will result in the children being more receptive to learning in class because they will have play time during the day. Research has demonstrated that this is significant to intellectual development.

“These kids are MOVING, and loving every minute of it,” said Johnson. “Increasing their activity on the playground at this point in their lives can lead to a healthier lifestyle.”

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The PTO is currently working on the second phase of the intermediate playground. They are hoping to be able to raise money quickly enough to install the second phase of the playground in time for school this fall.

“There were many happy faces yesterday at the ribbon cutting for phase 1 of the new playground and we are anxiously awaiting starting phase 2! ” said Johnson. “All of the children signed a card thanking CNYCF for their generous grant which helped to make this playground and the day possible!”

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