BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Port Allen Elementary school received $40 thousand dollars in grant money to rebuild a playground for their students.
A new edition to Port Allen Elementary’s campus removed a large portion of the school’s playground including a small jungle gym area reserved for kids five-years-old and up. Instead of sliding or using the monkey bars, the older children were confined to the concrete and small patches of grass to play during recess.
Kelley Stein, the school’s assistant principal, noticed the kids missed their slides and swings during the construction of the new building.
“The instant the old playground went down, it was like okay, we can’t just have a grassy area our kids need more than that,” Stein said.
She partnered up with one of the PE coaches to make several phone calls to try and fix the playground problem. They reached out to Gametime Radio and the school board until they received their solution: a $40 thousand dollar grant to cover the cost of the new playground amenities.
Stein said the students were ecstatic.
” Ever since we’ve been back from the holidays they’ve been asking when’s our playground coming? When’s our playground coming?”
LSU fraternities, community members, and school faculty agreed to lift, drill and dump until the field looked better than the kids remember. So the kids can keep on making those schoolhouse memories they can cherish forever.