By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Timberlake Elementary School students are enjoying a new and up-to-date playground, thanks to grants and the Parent Teacher Organization.
After five years of fundraising by the PTO and fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Diller writing grant requests for the effort, $76,928 was raised to provide a new playground and basketball court for the elementary students.
“The playground was relocated to a larger, fenced area behind the school,” Diller said. “Some of the old equipment was relocated while other equipment was removed.”
A Horizons structure for early childhood students and a Supermax structure for all students were installed, along with a new swing set and tire swing.
Lisa Nickel, president of the PTO for six years, oversaw the effort to raise money for new playground equipment. Nickel works as a paraprofessional at Timberlake Elementary School.
“We are very thrilled and I’m glad to have it done,” Nickel said. “I have recess duty every couple of days so I’m actually out there with them. Nobody is ever bored and they’re always happy out there.”
Some of the existing equipment was relocated to the new playground area.
“The new equipment is bright and enticing,” Diller said. “The students are eager to run, play and climb on the new equipment.”
The final piece was put into place last month when a new 50-foot by 70-foot cement slab was poured and four new basketball goals installed. Two of the goals are adjustable for younger students.
“We would like to thank those who supported our program and helped make our vision a reality,” Diller said.
Grants were given by Inasmuch Foundation, KanOkla, Alfalfa Electric Cooperative Foundation, Kerr Foundation Inc., Chesapeake Energy Corp., Continental Reources, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and Integris Health. Other funds came from sponsor donations and PTO fundraisers.