Community Pulls Together for St. Mary Playground

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Children at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School have a brand new reason to enjoy the warmer weather.

Last week, perfect weather blessed over 40 parents and parishioners who joined together as a community to install new playground equipment for the school children. Slides, monkey bars, climbers, and more now replace the space formerly occupied by two sets of swings.

Funded by the school Parent-Teacher Unit (PTU), the playground took only one day, combined with a lot of manpower, to install. Students and their younger siblings even got in on the action by helping spread mulch and pick-up trash at the site throughout the day.

Principal Colleen Schager noted, “A representative from the playground company was there to help guide the project. He commented that seeing so many dedicated people come together as a community made the project not only run smoothly, but showed tremendous school and parish pride.”

A blessing of the playground area by the pastor, Fr. Tom Cleaton, and an official ribbon cutting took place on Friday, May 2, as the school community gathered following morning Mass to celebrate the new play space. Future phases of the playground project include landscaping and sitting areas for students and parents alike.

St. Mary’s is a community-driven Catholic parish and school in Avon, Ohio. St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School provides Faith-based education for grades K-8, with the goal of creating academically and spiritually empowered citizens with a life-long love of learning. Beyond standard academics, St. Mary offers routine use of modern technology in each classroom; music and art enrichment programs for every grade; a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including Robotics, Academic Challenge, Drama, Environmental, and a variety of other clubs; as well as CYO and/ or intramural athletics for every grade level.

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