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Poland prekindergarten, kindergarten students explore new playground following ribbon-cutting ceremony

May 5, 2017





Video slideshow from the playground ribbon cutting.




POLAND – Poland Central School District unveiled its new primary-school playground on Thursday, May 4, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, before allowing prekindergarten and kindergarten students to try out their new playground.

Kindergartener Lucy Virgil, 6, said her favorite part of the new playground is the teeter-totter, and she enjoyed exploring all the new equipment.

“I think it’s fun,” she said.

The prekindergarten and kindergarten classes attended the ribbon cutting along with their prekindergarten teachers Barbara Brinck and Laurie Schmid, kindergarten teachers Carrie Roark and Christina Kress, physical education teachers Jason Potempa and Sandy Hitt, some special education students and teachers, Superintendent Laura Dutton and Patrick Costello, project manager for Appel Osborne Landscape Architecture, who designed the playground.

“We spend time looking at drawings and going through the process; to see the kids actually use it is exciting,” Costello said.

Orange and blue juice for the school colors also was provided for students as part of the ribbon-cutting festivities.

The playground is classified as for students ages 2-12. The district makes $500,000 transfers to capital in each school budget for projects, and this playground was constructed using funds from one of those transfers.

Roark complimented Costello on the playground design.

“It looks great,” she said, “and as you can see, they’re all happy.”

Costello, who said he likes to allow his children to try out playgrounds he designs, said it was nice to see Poland students getting to try out the equipment.

“It’s always awesome when it comes to fruition,” he said.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony and some time for everyone to play on the equipment, Potempa and Hitt allowed the kindergarten students to stay outside and use their physical education class time to keep using the playground.

 “It’s nice to get them out here and let them explore a little bit, and they’re excited about it, so pulling them away would have been a little tough,” Potempa said. “They seem to be enjoying it.”

Hitt agreed.

“We love it when they get outside and get to play,” she said.

It was also nice that students from the two kindergarten classes had a chance to play together, Hitt said.

“This is nice equipment too,” she said.

Kindergartener Eric Bowles, 5, said his favorite part was the slide, and he had fun using the new playground.

“It’s good,” he said. “I like it.”



Students and teachers by the new playground


Students and teachers from Poland prekindergarten, kindergarten and some special education classes pose for a photo before the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 4, for the new primary-school playground.


Prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers cut a ribbon for the new playground.

Poland prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers cut the ribbon for the new primary-school playground on Thursday, May 4, as students look on.



Prekindergarten and kindergarten students play on the new playground

Poland students try out the new primary-school playground for the first time on Thursday, May 4.



Students ride on new swingset.

Poland students try out the new primary-school playground for the first time on Thursday, May 4.




Students play on the new playground.

Poland students try out the new primary-school playground for the first time on Thursday, May 4.



Playground ribbon cutting with teachers and students.


Poland prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers cut the ribbon for the new primary-school playground on Thursday, May 4, as students look on.










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