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Sargent elementary to get new playground

April 26, 2012

Staff and students at Sargent’s Elementary School want to say thank you to their community, and to All Points Co-op and Land-o-Lake for contributing to their new playground. Pictured at left, from left, front row, are Ava Bottorf, Janessa Kettleborough, Ethan Kipp, Erin Zulkoski, Bridget Slagle, Raymond Divine, Dillan Saner and Natalie Decker; back row Ed Foster, Sonja Beitel and Jeff Gibbens.

SARGENT - - Sargent Elementary School is getting a new playground. Years of weathering has made the current Woodchuck equipment no longer safe.
With the dedication of the students and effort from the community, the playground is underway. Various student fund-raisers included selling popcorn after school, paying to wear pajamas to school, buying extra recess time and selling homemade cookies. The 6th grade class even wrote letters asking for donations.
The students just completed selling Runza certificates for $3, with 50 percent of the earnings going to the playground fund. This project helped them earn more than half of what they needed to reach their goal.
The community support has been tremendous with the businesses and parents supporting the efforts. Sonja Beitel, head of the playground committee, says she has had great help from fellow committee members Cindi Holmes and Joni Ritchie. The other teachers also chip in their support where needed.
The efforts of everyone involved caught the attention of All-Points Cooperative CEO Ed Foster along with Land-o-Lake. Each company presented Sonja and the elementary school with $500 toward this worthy cause.
With these donations and the fundraisers yet to come, the new playground for the Sargent elementary school is a lot closer to reality. The major components to the new construction will be a jungle gym with two slides, two spinners, and a climbing wall with the added safety feature of clear Plexiglas so that the recess monitors can see from every possible angle.
Several other various climbing features will be added with the purpose of targeting different muscles for healthy growth.

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