Elementary school gets new playground

August 24, 2009 7:50:52 AM PDT
For two years students at McWhirter Elementary School in Webster saved all their extra pennies, nickels and dimes in hopes of buying new playground equipment. Their hard work paid off this week with the purchase of a playground for Pre-K and Kindergarten students.Dr. Michael Marquez, principal of McWhirter and former PTA President Nan Turner cut the ribbon with the help of Lowes Sales Manager Ashley Hajek and Commercial Sales Specialist Paul Marshall. Lowes contributed $8500 to the Pennies for Playgrounds Project.

"I just want to thank our students, staff, parents and community partners for making this happen," said Dr. Marquez, "Their generosity will make a big difference for our students." "I also want to thank the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union for patiently turning thousands of our pennies into dollars."

Other donations include:

  1. Anonymous $1000 contribution in honor of Bob Ford
  2. Clear Brook H.S. Student Council - $3,068.00
  3. Westbrook Intermediate Student Council - $2,000
  4. Clear Lake High School PTA - $200.00
  5. McWhirter 5th Grade O Ambassadors - $225.00
  6. Putt Putt Funhouse - $2,000.00
  7. Barrios Technology volunteer donation - $500.00
  8. Brookside Intermediate - $524.35
  9. Nassau Bay Police Association - $110
  10. Seabrook Police Association - $100

Students are still saving their extra change as the school still needs new playgrounds appropriate for students in grades 1 ? 5. McWhirter Elementary has applied for a grant to become a Spark Park. The non-profit organization helps schools develop their playgrounds into community parks.

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