Par­ents mo­bi­lize at All Hal­lows

The Compass - - OPINION -

A group of civic-minded par­ents have mo­bi­lized to help re­store the play­ground ad­ja­cent to All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary in North River. The play­ground was con­demned by the Eastern School Dis­trict ear­lier this year be­cause of con­cerns about safety and out­dated equip­ment. More than a dozen par­ents de­scended on the play­ground on two con­sec­u­tive Satur­days — Sept. 22 and 29 — to re­move the un­safe equip­ment, land­scape the grounds, ap­ply a fresh coat of paint to the swingset, and in­stall new swings. A thick new layer of safety stone called pea gravel was also spread around the swings. Par­ents were de­scrib­ing their ef­forts as Phase I, and are also plan­ning a fundrais­ing drive to pur­chase and in­stall new play struc­tures. The school has an en­rol­ment of some 400 students from Kinder­garten to Grade 6.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Aimee Mor­gan (left) and Tammy Web­ber show off the power tools that helped clear the grass and other wooden de­bris from the play­ground.

Patsy Evely and All Hal­lows prin­ci­pal Kevin Giles pose for a photo.

Ja­son Rus­sell ap­plies a fresh coat of paint to the swings.

Cory Keefe uses a skid-steer loader equipped with a fork­lift to re­move the

old see­saw struc­ture.

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