West Lawn Elementary host ribbon cutting for new playground

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Monday was an exciting day for Grand Island’s West Lawn Elementary School, as a ribbon cutting wrapped up a five-year long project. Members of the PTO and of the staff hosted the opening ceremony for a brand new playground behind the school.

Parts of the old playground will still remain on campus, but a few that no longer met their safety codes were torn down.

The school’s principal, Mikhail Happ, said the $40,000 project would not have been possible without the help of the community.

“Every penny that every body donated went into this and I thank all the support from our community, our families and our staff," Happ told Local4 News. "Hopefully this will last for many years, for many children to play on here at West Lawn.”

He said the students have really excited about the project and he can’t wait for them to see the final outcome.

“The students saw it on paper and in pictures and they were so excited about it then," Happ said. "They’re even more excited to see it in person. I can’t wait to see their faces tomorrow.”

During the school day the playground is only for students, but they do encourage the community to share it with them on evenings and weekends.

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