A years-long fundraising effort in support of new playground equipment at Louisiana Elementary School took the its next step in the form of a novelty-sized check Monday.
Elementary school teacher Tina Chidster handed the huge check for $15,320 — followed by a smaller, legally valid check in an envelope a few moments later.
The money, along with $5,000 from the school district, will go to complete the four-phase implementation of a plan to improve the playground drawn up by NuToys Leisure Products, a playground design company based in LaGrange, Ill.
The $15,000 consists of $10,000 gathered by the Bullpups Boosters, a now-defunct group of supporters of the elementary school, and $5,000 raised through fundraisers put on by the Louisiana Alumni Association, which took over the project when the Boosters wound down.
The final portion of the project will include a second slide and another stand-alone spinner, among other features.