Volunteers are raising money for the Howe H. Irwin Memorial Playground at Glenwood Elementary School in Oak Ridge, and they are asking for your help.
“A safe playground for all Glenwood Elementary students has been the primary focus of the Glenwood PTO’s Playground Committee, staff, and students for more than seven years,” a press release said. “Currently, the playground has a wooden fort structure that was installed approximately 25 years ago. At the time of installation, it was a wonderful fit for the playground. However, it has weathered significantly over the years, causing the wood to splinter and break, resulting in multiple safety concerns for the children.”
Once it is built, the new playground will be named The Howe H. Irwin Memorial Playground in honor of a beloved former principal of Glenwood Elementary School, the press release said. Irwin is credited with spearheading efforts to build the new Glenwood School building in 1990 and setting the example for the warm, family atmosphere that makes Glenwood a unique school environment to this day, the release said.
“Despite the dedicated efforts by Glenwood’s staff and students over the last several years, we are still several thousand dollars away from the funds needed to achieve our goal of building the new the playground,” the press release said.
“If you would like to help make the dream of The Howe H. Irwin Memorial Playground a reality, please send your donation, large or small, to Glenwood PTO, c/o Glenwood Elementary, 125 Audubon Rd., Oak Ridge TN 37830,” the press release said. “On behalf of the Glenwood PTO, we thank everyone helping to provide a safe playground for the students.”
Glenwood Elementary is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and it is home to 385 students, with 60 percent of them from economically disadvantaged families.
“The students and families of Glenwood are fully committed to our PTO’s effort to raise the funds for the new play structure, raising more than $600 this year in our Fishing for Change tank and $3,380 in our recent Jump Rope for a Jungle Gym event,” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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