Centreville Elementary School dedicates new playground
CENTREVILLE — Students and Centreville community members now have a new playground to play at in town as officials, students, staff and other representatives gathered behind Centreville Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the dedication.
The playground was paid for through a Community Parks and Playground grant through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Program in the amount of $200,149.
As officials came up to the podium to say a few words, elementary school students in the choir sat on the concrete and listened.
Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski thanked all who participated and worked in creating the new playground for kids to express themselves as they go through school in activity. “It’s about a variety of individuals coming together to support a cause that will benefit our students,” he said.
Pilewski thanked the Parent Teacher Association for having the “vision” and the “foresight to see the future here at Centreville Elementary School and to have such a wonderful facility for you to play on each and ever y day.”
Centreville Town Council Vice President Tim McCluskey, who said all of his children went to Centreville Elementary School, was happy to see new equipment be installed. McCluskey also emphasized the town’s commitment and pride in its parks in the town, speaking about the playground at Millstream Park and the walking trail.
“Parks are really important to us and as I was saying, we do a lot of ribbon cuttings ... but I have to say that I think today’s ribbon cut- ting is going to be one of the best I’ve ever done because it really benefits all of you, and it’s really the kids that are the most important,” McCluskey said.
After everyone had finished speaking and giving thanks, the students sang two songs, lead by the school’s music teacher.
Students, administrators and representatives gathered at the new playground at Centreville Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to officially dedicate the playing space. Picture from left: Carrie Lhotsky, Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Administrator, Brian Lewis of Cunningham Recreation, Interim-Assistant Superintendent Janet Pauls, Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski, CES Principal Theresa Farnell, Board of Education member Cpt. Beverly Kelly, Centreville Town Councilman Tim McCluskey and Supervisor of School Activities Sid Pinder. Students photographed were Alexa Contee, Rachel Robinson, Braydon Callahan, Leah Rhoades, Caleb Sutch, Autumn Crossley and Luke Palmer.