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$15,000 for Louisiana Elementary School playground

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:51 pm

(photo by Adam Thorp/Louisiana Press-Journal)
(From left) Superintendent Todd Smith, Louisiana Elementary School Principal Stacy Hamlett, Tina Chidster, and NuToys Leisure Products representative Laura Schellenberg.

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.