Morgen Owings Elementary (MOE) PTA celebrated the ribbon cutting for the school’s new playground on the first day of the new school year, August 29, 2017. The day marked the grand opening of the playground which the PTA spent over a year fundraising to bring to the students of MOE. The project completed with the final installation of wood chips that took place earlier in August.
Raffles, benefit dinners, Trivia Nights and a GoFundMe page were all utilized to raise more than $50,000 that was required to replace the outdated playground equipment at the Chelan grade school. MOE PTA developed the ideal playground, with help from SiteLines Park & Playground Equipment, out of the Seattle area. The result is a playground that the PTA believes will meet both safety standards and capacity standards at MOE.
“Our playground was old, and there were some safety concerns,” Chelan School District Superintendent Barry DePaoli explained. “We believed our kids deserved a new playground. We are constantly looking for ways to improve. It will be a lot easier for our playground staff to monitor with safe equipment.”
Many local businesses and service organizations contributed to the project. The Lake Chelan Lions, who celebrate their 100th year of serving the community this year, donated a climbing dome for the playground which they refer to as the ‘Lion’s Den’.
“When you climb and play on the ‘Lion’s Den’ think of us in our yellow vests and how much we wanted you to have this playground,” Lake Chelan Lions Club President Juli Straub said to the students during the ceremony.
“It’s so typical of our community,” DePaoli added referring to the outpouring of community support for ‘Project Playground’. “It is amazing the spirit of the community. Our PTA deserves a lot of credit for the vision behind this and the work behind this.”
(By Jillian Foster)