SHEPARD: Parents, teachers cut ribbon on new playground equipment

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 3:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Members of the Shepard Elementary School community celebrated the acquisition of new playground equipment purchased for the school this year. The event was held Wednesday, in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the school's parent-teacher organization.

The playground equipment — which cost about $10,000 — was installed a few days before school started, said Liz Hostetler, the organization's president.

All of the money came from fundraisers held by parents over the past three years, she said.

Originally, the plan was to only replace the slide, which Hostetler said had completely broken through. But the organization saw that a little more money would buy an entire structure, with a slide, monkey bars and climbing surfaces.

Hostetler said other additions to the playground can be made when more funds become available.

She said that the playground equipment is getting good reviews.

"I think it's been very positive feedback, I haven't heard anything negative," she said.

The parent-teacher organization includes about 75 families and helps provide funding for items the school needs that aren't provided by the school district.

In the past they have bought SmartBoards and funded field trips.

This is the second time the parent-teacher organization has been able to provide playground equipment for Shepard Elementary School.

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