Chamberlain Elementary PTO unveils plans for new school playground

Kids at Chamberlain Elementary gasped and squealed with joy Friday afternoon, May 23, when the school announced that it had raised enough money to build a new playground for students.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

GOSHEN — Summer break is coming soon for kids at Chamberlain Elementary, but students are already looking forward to returning in the fall when they will be able to play on the school’s new playground.

Chamberlain Elementary’s parent teacher organization announced Friday, May 23, that the school had raised $91,000 for a new playground that will be built next month.

Parent-Teacher Organization president Jessica Elliott said the playground has been a long time coming. In fact, the school started raising money five years ago by collecting donations, selling candy bars and applying for grants from the Elkhart County Community Foundation, Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club, Lowe’s, IU Health Goshen Hospital and others.

The school’s playground equipment is roughly 25 years old, Elliott said. Parts are rusty, broken and boarded up.

“It was time,” she said.

The new playground will be an improvement with slides, two swing sets, a climbing web and more.

The school is looking for volunteers to help build the playground June 26, 27 and 28. To volunteer, call Chamberlain Elementary at 534-2691.

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