In addition to providing resources for new STEM programming, part of the money is being used to completely renovate the school's playground, a student-designed project in conjunction with the Trust for Public land that broke ground earlier this month.
“I was glad and appreciative that we were getting a new playground with more things to play with,”said fifth-grader Brittany Richards, who was involved in the design. “We will now have a playground that kids in the community can enjoy.”
The project is scheduled for completion in June.
“It’s amazing, because this school was a school that was once fated for phase out,” said Principal David Norment. “The community fought to keep it open, and there’s been such a turn around in the last five years.”
The new playground will feature a gazebo, two-lane track, and turf field. The playground will be open to the public after school hours and on weekends, as well. President Katz looks forward to this park improving the quality of the school as well as the town itself.
“It’s also about the fact that we want families to move here and be here and invest in our communities, and we can only do that if the children have good access to playgrounds and schools and all that goes with it,” said Borough President Melinda Katz, who also helped fund the project.
Councilman Daneek Miller, who also allocated money to the project, said it has been a priority.
“What makes this exciting is we’ve been with the Parks Department setting up new parks before, and usually five or six years later you have a new park,” he said. “But because of this collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, it's going to get done in an amazingly timely fashion.”