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Cloverbank Elementary replacing old playground equipment

A new playground featuring state-of-the-art equipment is said to be coming to Cloverbank Elementary School, replacing the existing 25-year-old structure at the site as soon as project starting fund needs have been met. Major contributions are represented in the school’s Third annual Walk-A-Thon, taking place Friday, May 17.

The Walk-A-Thon has generated $12,000 and $9,000 in the previous two years and has featured every student at Cloverbank Elementary having signed up to participate. The event is set for the afternoon of May 17 and includes the students walking around the circumference of school grounds, with parents of the pupils listed as sponsors. Frontier School District officials, as well as Cloverbank Elementary Principal Michelle Siebert, are described as being very supportive of the Walk-A-Thon and fundraising efforts for the playground in general. The Walk-A-Thon is said to take about 10 minutes per class to individually complete, with various refreshments provided as well as cheerleaders being on hand.

Thus far, about $56,000 has been raised toward the initial playground replacement cost of $80,000. It was estimated that following expected Walk-A-Thon donations, roughly $10,000 will remain in such needed funds. Donations are being sought to cover the remaining costs and can be made payable to the Cloverbank Elementary Playground Fund, at 2761 Cloverbank Road in Hamburg, NY, 14075. Additional inquiries can be made to Jennifer Krupski at 648-0088. Gold & Pearl Studio Jewelers owner the late John Sharp was stated as having donated money toward the playground fund, to go along with other outside donations accounting for nearly $8,000. Various arts and crafts, as well as bake sales, are noted as garnering additional donation money.

Personalized bricks for a projected walkway for the proposed playground are also being sold. Amenities for the new site are to be primary and secondary play areas; a fitness circuit; Americans With Disability Act accessibility features; a color coordination of green, tan and brown hues; new swings that include therapeutic swings for occupational therapy and physical therapy; and the aforementioned sponsor-personalized walkway. The current community playground is described as having outdated equipment with wooden amenities, as well as the hindering presence of stones and bees.

The proposed new playground, said Frontier School Board Member Jeremey Rosen, will hopefully be installed either next fall or spring. Probable inclusions for the new site would include wood chips and a rubber surface, with the project entailing removal, demolition and re-surfacing. Rosen said it is the hope of the Cloverbank Community Playground Committee, which was formed in May 2012, that more local businesses and individuals donate toward the playground fund.

“A lot of kids and families have given so much already,” said Rosen, a Cloverbank Parent Teacher Association member who added that other district elementary schools of Big Tree and Blasdell have newer playgrounds.

The playground committee was stated as being a parent and teacher-manned organization. It was noted that input was gotten from students and teachers regarding a wish list for new playground amenities. The idea was formed from such discussions to even position a chess table outside.

Cloverbank PTA President Michele Grime credited district officials for providing valued backing for the playground project.

Additional information regarding Cloverbank’s proposed playground is available at the website www.cloverbankplayground.com.
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