Centreville Ele­men­tary School ded­i­cates new play­ground

Record Observer - - School -

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.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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