PARISHVILLE - Faculty, staff and a few community members have come together to form the playground fund committee, a group aimed at getting a new playground for the students of the Parishville-Hopkinton Elementary School.
Elementary Principal Brooke Reid said an exact cost for the new playground hasnt been determined yet, but she told board of education members this week new playgrounds are not cheap and could range anywhere from $60,000 to $130,000.
We have plans to meet with a playground designer in the future, but we wanted to get started, she said.
So far the group has held a school mall fundraiser and theyre currently holding a drawing for several themed gift baskets.
Weve got plans to do more in the spring, she said, referring to another round of gift basket drawings.
While the group may have begun fundraising this year, Ms. Reid said she wants to make sure people realize a new playground isnt something thats going to happen overnight.
This is a really long-range goal, she said. I could see this taking years to raise enough money, but I feel we had to get started somewhere and now is as good a time as any.
Referring to the need for a new playground, Ms. Reid said thats something the community has been aware of years.
Theres been so many advances with playground equipment in terms of safety and getting physically fit, she said. A swing just isnt the most effective way for students to get exercise and entertain themselves.
Ms. Reid said the communitys response so far has been fantastic.
The community has been very positive, she said. A lot of people have said, No, I dont need any raffle tickets, I just want to give the money to the community.
In addition to the fundraising, Ms. Reid said several community members have already made donations and letters soliciting help are being sent to area businesses and organizations.
Anyone interested in making a contribution or serving on the committee is asked to contact Ms. Reid at 265-4642.