Students Help to Bring a Playground to RSES

Students Help to Bring a Playground to RSES
Posted on 09/26/2018
A group of determined students at Roberts Street Elementary School saw their hard work pay off in a big way in late August when school and local government officials came in to break ground for a new playground at the school. The school has been without a playground for years, with students utilizing the black top and grass to play wall ball or participate in other activities that do not require equipment.

Teacher Tracy Timmins and her Government Club decided to change that about four years ago. They wanted to bring a playground to the Roberts Street complex and tried to raise funds through grants. When that did not work out, PTO President Tracey Quinn stepped in to help. She reached out to several local businesses and also found funding through Assemblyman Bill Magee and Sen. Dave Valesky. Both were on hand at the school for the groundbreaking. They were joined by nearly 100 people from the community, including representatives of the Canastota Lions Club, who also contributed to the cause with the help of their partnership with the Bermuda Lions Club.

The playground, when complete, will have several swing sets, spin cups a “cosmic twist” climber, a toss-up hoop, and a large jungle gym that will have slides and ladders.