HAMILTON - Hamilton Elementary School students are hoping for a new playground this new year.
Hamilton Elementary School Booster Club President Paula Wood and member Melissa Hughey have announced a capital campaign, seeking more than $86,000 to purchase new playground equipment.
In total, the new playground equipment is worth roughly $172,000, but because of the school’s 65 percent poverty rate, Twin States Recreation of Magnolia Springs, Miss., has helped the booster club obtain a 50 percent matching grant up to $100,000 for the new playground equipment.
All equipment will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved.
All 600 of the elementary school’s students use the playground area on a regular basis, Hughey explained. At any given recess period, she says as many as 150 students could be on the playground at one time.
This is only the second grant of this magnitude to be awarded in the state, Wood said.
Wood said that Hamilton architect Andrea Harbison has partnered with the booster club to create plans for the project.
Heath Avery of Avery Landscaping will be assisting with relocating refurbished equipment, the creation of a crush-rock track and elimination of drainage problems.
“Thank you for joining together as a community to support our children by providing them with this special playground. If you have any questions or need further information, please let us know.
“On behalf of the students, parents and staff of HES, thank you for your consideration. Together, we can make this happen!”
“We really need your help and would greatly appreciate any donation you can make. Your donation for the elementary playground will be recognized on a display located on school grounds as well as in the newspaper,” Wood said.
The booster club will be placing the names of donors on a plaque near the entrance of the playground.
Levels of recognition are as follows:
• $50,000 and above - Benefactor;
• $25,000-$49,000 - Partner;
• $10,000-$24,999 - Sponsor;
• $5,000-$9,999 - Booster;
• $1,000- $4,999 - Friend; and
• $1-$999 - Donor.
Wood asked that interested persons make checks payable to Hamilton Elementary School, with the memo, “Playground.”
For more information, interested persons are encouraged to contact the booster club by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hughey noted that on Wednesday, Dec. 19, that First National Bank of Hamilton made a donation of $8,000 toward the project. The money will be used to construct an outdoor classroom for the school.
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