Harbison West Elementary School hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate new upgrades to the school playgrounds.
Both the kindergarten and elementary playground received new sun canopies and new play equipment was installed for the kindergarten recess area.
“Recess is an important part of the school day where kids can interact with one another outside of a classroom setting and spend some time outdoors and enjoy playtime,” Harbison West principal Randy Norman said. “I noticed on the hot sunny days, many students weren’t using the playground because they were standing off to the side of the building in the shade to try and avoid the sun. It became a goal of mine and the PTO and SIC to buy a canopy to offer some relief for students.”
After the ribbon was cut by the principal and school board members, students were given the opportunity to play on the playground. Funding for the playground upgrades came from surplus capital dollars from 2018-2020. The school board approved using the surplus funds to fund the project.
“We appreciate the Lexington-Richland District Five School Board and administration at the District Office who stepped in to make this goal a reality,” said Norman.