Greenwald Memorial School playground project adds community volunteers
What began as a PTA project to build a playground at Greenwald Memorial School will become a community event next month.
Principal Donna Holtzman said the elementary school's parent-teacher organization has been raising money for about a year to buy equipment that will include a couple of sliding boards and some climbing apparatus.
A grant from the New Kensington Eagles and other donations have allowed the association to collect the $10,000 to buy the equipment.
Now, thanks to assistance from Comcast, the PTA will have an excess of helping hands to install the playground at the New Kensington school.
Holtzman said Comcast employees plan to stop at the school in the morning of April 27 and help beautify the school grounds as a Day of Caring project. Day of Caring is a national volunteer initiative begun by the United Way.
Holtzman said anyone who wants to help is encouraged to volunteer. She said high school students who need to complete community service hours, sports teams and other groups could be included.
Comcast will donate $20 for every person from the school district and the community who show up to help, Holtzman said.
Facilities Director Mike Orr said details aren't finalized for how people can register to help, which is necessary so Comcast can track participation and have enough T-shirts for volunteers.
Orr said some landscaping work will be included in the project.
He said the playground will be in back of the school, which sits at Freeport and Elmtree roads. Currently, a basketball hoop is the school's only outdoor amenity, Orr said.
“It started out as a little playground project, but it's grown into a ‘Beautify Greenwald School' event,” he said.
The school board approved a few personnel items on Thursday.
• Holtzman and teacher Dana Fularz will serve as coordinators of federal programs through the end of the school year at a stipend of $1,500 each.
Superintendent John Pallone said former human resources coordinator Renee King, who left the district in December, handled those tasks. Officials plan to restructure administrative positions before next school year to better divvy up King's duties.
• The board reappointed Phil Cope as head boys basketball coach for the 2013-14 school year.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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