By Tia Lynn Ivey
What began as the dream of a handful of students is now becoming a reality.
After a year of fundraising, the Morgan County Primary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), secured the $36,000 necessary to expand the school’s playground.
The expansion will be used as a “Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA),” providing students with a safe environment to learn in the fresh air. The idea was born out of a Project-Based-Learning assignment last year, in which several students proposed the playground expansion.
On April 29, a small groundbreaking ceremony was held at the primary school playground. The project is expected to be completed by May 13, just in time to use the area during the school’s field day on May 17. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held then, as well as a tribute to a beloved teacher who recently passed away, Mrs. Davenport.
“We appreciate our community supporting this project, through sponsoring our students through two fundraisers called Boosterthon and Pennies for Paws, where we raised $30,000 towards this project,” said Natasha Thomas, co-president of the Morgan County Primary School PTO.
“We also want to thank Will George with Peak Steel for working with us on the cost of this project. Thanks to Davis Maddox for helping with the cost of grading.”
Students and teachers are looking forward to utilizing the expanded playground for both academic and recreational activities.