The new playground at Sam Boardman Elementary School officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Despite a bit of rainy weather, about 40 people participated in the Oct. 25 event. The project was made possible due to the support of the Parent-Teacher Organization, students and local businesses.
Amelia Newton, vice president of the school’s PTO, said it’s exciting to have a central playground which improves student safety. Ana Pineyro, the previous PTO president, said the group had talked about this for three years and many volunteers were the driving force behind the project.
“The sense of community to make this happen has been amazing,” Newton said.
More than $68,000 was raised by students, the Sam Boardman PTO and several community businesses and organizations, including Columbia River Technologies, Lamb Weston, Wildhorse Foundation, Umatilla Electric Cooperative, NW Health Foundation, Boardman Kiwanis and Boardman Child Development. Also, Mike Sowa of Tillamook in Boardman said the company is pleased to be involved.
“Really it’s just an affirmation that we are part of the community,” he said. “Stewardship is one of our values, and seeing healthy kids enjoying the playground is just a wonderful thing.”