School hosts fundraiser for new playground

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/28/17

Memorial Park Elementary School is enlisting the help of students to build the school’s very own playground.

Students at Memorial Park have been using the neighboring playground beside the Jasper Natatorium during gym class, but school officials now have a goal to build a playground solely for their students. Memorial Park Principal Eric Rigsby said he is grateful that the school has been able to use the park’s play area, but said it can often become crowded with children from the school and Jasper community sharing the playground.

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School hosts fundraiser for new playground

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Memorial Park Elementary School is enlisting the help of students to build the school’s very own playground.

Students at Memorial Park have been using the neighboring playground beside the Jasper Natatorium during gym class, but school officials now have a goal to build a playground solely for their students. Memorial Park Principal Eric Rigsby said he is grateful that the school has been able to use the park’s play area, but said it can often become crowded with children from the school and Jasper community sharing the playground.

“The Natatorium has been gracious enough to allow us to use the park playground so our kids can play,” Rigsby said. “[To ensure] the safety and security of our kids, we want to have our own playground for our kids to enjoy.”

The proposed play area, equipped with swings, slides and other typical playground items could cost around $25,000, which is the school’s fundraising goal; however, Rigsby said it may take two years of fundraising for the playground to become a reality.

This week, the school is hosting a Money Drop, which encourages students to contribute to the playground and have fun in the process. Each day students will wear clothing according to the day’s theme and are encouraged to bring a different form of currency each day.

Students kicked off the fundraiser Monday by wearing team colors — assigned according to grade level — and were asked to bring pennies to help fund the proposed project. Today is crazy sock and hat day, with students encouraged to bring nickles. Students will dress according to their favorite sport on Wednesday and bring quarters and dimes to help reach their playground goal. Dr. Seuss Day will be Thursday, and students have been asked to seek four people who are willing to each donate $5 to the playground project.

The week will conclude on Friday with Black and Gold Day, where students will bring a check with any remaining funds they have been able to collect.

As a reward for students helping with the cause, various incentives will be offered to classrooms who collect the most money each day, such as a pizza or popsicle party.

Memorial Park Principal Eric Rigsby said he hopes to see the school reach its goal so students can enjoy their own playground.

The school held a pep rally on Friday to boost student morale and to explain the fundraising goal.