UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:04am
CHINA SPRING -- They wanted it, worked for it and now, they've got it. China Spring Elementary School has won the grand prize:
A 50,000 dollar grant from the Clorox Power a Bright Future Program, and now, the dream of a playground fit for all students and ability levels will become a reality.
"There are different apparatuses we could use for students with special needs and so that is a component, as well as, you know a playground for all students," China Spring Elementary Principal, Kim Coe said.
"Being able to just all play together, just so that everybody is equal and everybody can play, and just be kids," 3rd grade teacher and grant initiator, Melissa Adams said.
The old playground is more than 30 years old, so it will be renovated to include equipment suitable for special needs children and more stable ground covering.
Next up for China Spring is forming a committee. They've already had two bids from playground companies, but what they're quickly finding out, is that $50,000 is just a starting point.
"Playground equipment is very expensive. We know that it's probably just a stepping stone, that we will have to do additional fund raising of some sort, but we are willing and able to do that now that we have a great start with the 50,000 dollars," Coe said.
China Spring should receive the check in the next month or so and for now, there's no specific date for when construction will be completed. But as for the kids...
"I'm really excited."