Pascagoula school raises money for a new playground

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Several Eastlawn Elementary students said their playground is not loads of fun and it doesn't look modern.

"It is kind of old, scratched up, and slippery," student Matthew Peak said.

"It is okay, but I really prefer new equipment," student Acacia Golson said.

Cindy Jefcoat said her construction company is working with the school to help turn the boring playground into an excitement hub for kids and the community.

"The kids deserve a playground that is going to be here for generations," Jefcoat said. "Most playgrounds hang around schools for 30 to 50 years."

Jefcoat said the playground idea came from the kids. She let them draw their dream playground and their imaginations ran wild.

"I want swirly slide, and things that we can climb on, and monkey bars," Golson said.

"It [the playground] is pink; It has a popcorn machine and rock climbing," Cecily Johnson said.

"The new design for the playground is to offer some shaded areas, to offer challenges, climbing apparatus and big slides," Jefcoat said.

Pascagoula Councilman Frank Corder is spearheading the fundraiser to get $90,000.  He said the advantages of this project outweigh the cost.

"The benefits are priceless to see the kids' faces playing, and having a good time on this new equipment," Corder said.

The children are already giving their pennies now for future fun.

"I feel kind of excited and joyful because I like new equipment," Golson said.

Hopefully that joy will build new memories and hours of fun.  So far, the school has raised $5,400.  If you would like to donate to the cause, call (228) 938-6431.

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