Helke Elementary School students will soon have a new piece of playground equipment made of recycled steel, aluminum and plastic thanks to nearly $25,000 from the Buy Recycled grant program at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.
The new equipment can support up to 60 children at one time and will bring new life to the playground.
“The new equipment will invigorate our playground environment, providing a new large active play place for our students and the entire community. Students enjoy opportunities to be active during recess and the new equipment will also allow the students to engage in more creative play,” Helke Principal Brian Tregoning said.
More than 20 grant applications were submitted for the $50,000 available. The $24,759 awarded to Helke will fully fund the cost of the new equipment, which can support up to 60 children at one time. Helke PTA and school money will cover the cost of shipping and installation.
“It has been nearly 12 years since we were able to add a playground piece for our students and funding for that project was provided by the Helke PTA. Adding a new piece of equipment has been a targeted concern for a number of years, but finding the funding was challenging. Thanks to the help of the MCSWD grant, we will be able to provide this great piece of equipment to support kids for years to come,” Tregoning said.
Full installation and a ribbon cutting ceremony are planned for the end of this school year. Due to the make-up of the structure, nearly 95 percent of the actual equipment will be able to be recycled again after the life expectancy of the structure.