THE PLAYGROUND PROJECT
It takes a village to build a playground, but we did it! Since we began this project in 2012, our Leete community has raised nearly $100,00, including some in-kind donations from the school district, to completely replace the main playscapes on both playgrounds. Thanks to the generosity of parents, families and the community we were able to complete our K-2 playground tin 2014. A new playscape with ADA access was installed on the K-2 side of school and we dedicated it to our principal, Mrs. Bishop who retired in June 2014. We are so grateful to all who donated their time and treasure to make this dream a reality. It is truly amazing that we were able to raise all of the funds necessary to put this together in less than 6 months!
Going forward, our goal is for the entire playground to be ADA compliant so that children of all abilities and their caretakers may access all areas of the playground. We are doing that as each phase is completed. When we add the last two dynamic, spinning play structures on the 3rd & 4th grade side this spring (Phase 4 = ~$15,000), the school district will also install ADA pathways connecting the asphalt to that play area and the paver path from the parking lot. The swings sections will need to be updated next (Phase 5 = ~$8,000). We are currently doing additional fundraising just to meet the goal of the additional pieces of equipment for 3-4. Anyone wanting to chair the playground committee or join it should contact Dani Howard, who is perfectly happy not to run it!