Gurganus students celebrate opening of new playground

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 05:30 PM.

“I had to keep my team from getting on the playground and playing,” he said. “This is beautiful, and it looks like you very much took the $25,000 awarded and put it to good use.”

The new playground replaces an old wooden structure that was built during the school’s opening in 1991. On particularly hot days, the old playground couldn’t be used because it posed a safety threat to students. 

“It was wooden and the ladders weren’t really tall to climb up, but the new playground is awesome,” Slater said. “I like the slide and the steering wheel and getting to play with my friends.”

Lane Mills, superintendent of Craven County Schools, had a walking boot on one of his feet and said he was disappointed that the injury would prevent him from enjoying the playground during the celebration.

“This is one of those days that brings things together and shows you what partnerships between community, business, our parents, our students and our teachers can all do for a school,” he said. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the hard work that went into it. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to get a chance to play and grow, and we’ve got a pretty day for it.”

Principal Debbie Hurst thanked the community that went online and voted for the school to receive the money.

“All of you did this for us, and we thank you,” she said during the ceremony, with the students echoing her words with a collective “thank you” and holding up signs of appreciation.

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