MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Poplar Springs Elementary School students now have a new place to play outside.
“It feels like you are on a rainbow,” said Makailyn Bullock, a student at Poplar Springs Elementary School.
The new state-of-the-art, ADA accessible playground was built to replace the older equipment that has been at the school for more than 20 years.
“Went to our PTA back in August and told them that it was our dream to have new equipment that was safe and big enough to put more than just a small group of children on,” explained principal LaVonda Germany.
In less than a year that dream became a reality thanks to donations from members of the school and community.
“We know that there is a great need for parent volunteers and support throughout the school district so when the opportunity arose to help and I decided I needed to do it,” said volunteer Anthony McOlgan.
Once the funds were raised and the equipment bought, a community build took place to erect the new playground.
“It was more than just two three hours and we are talking about eight to ten hour days,” said Germany. “Every nut, bolt, and hole that was drilled was done due to community volunteers.”
Those involved with the project explain it was all worth the hard work to see the kids enjoy the new equipment.
“You just get chills watching the kids and their faces light up with smiles,” said McOlgan. “Just hearing the screams of joy and it has been silent back here for a while so it is a really good feeling.”
As for the students, they are looking forward to playing on the new playground for years to come.
“It would have been sad if they didn’t have anything to play on, but now they have a good slides, wonderful monkey gyms, and they can finally climb and slide,” said Bullock.