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Playground gets a 'pick-me-up'

November 21, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

BOONSBORO - Kaitlin Bell used to spend recess at Greenbrier Elementary School sitting and talking to friends.

This school year, however, the fifth-grader said she spends less time chatting and more on what she calls a "whirly twirl."

It is one of several new pieces of colorful playground equipment at the elementary school.

Greenbrier's PTA President Beth Bell, Kaitlin's mother, said the organization raised more than $12,000 in one year for the equipment. It was installed over the summer and students began using it this year.

"It was time," she said. "It needed a little pick-me-up."

Bell and others held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground Monday afternoon.

She said local businesses, parents and volunteers helped raise money for the playground equipment. The new equipment includes a curved balance beam, a rock-climbing wall, a tunnel slide, a type of seesaw and the "whirly twirl," actually a Loopy Whoop that several children can spin on.

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Brandon Cole, a first-grader, said his favorite thing on the school playground now is what he calls "The DNA."

"I can get on it and climb on it," he said.

Brandon said that on "The DNA," a type of climbing equipment, he can climb higher than on the monkey bars he was using before. The elementary school's old playground equipment, mostly a cluster of climbing bars, is near its new pieces, but the distinction is clear.

Anything gray and made of metal is the old equipment. The new equipment is mostly red, blue and yellow - and according to students, more exciting.

"I like it because you can do whatever you want instead of what you could do on the old equipment," Kaitlin said.

Jaclyn Muse, 9, a fifth-grader, said that like many of her classmates, she most enjoys playing on the Loopy Whoop. She said her friends spin her around on it while she sits.

Katrina Seabright, 10, said that also is her favorite piece of new playground equipment.

"On a hot day, since it goes really fast, you can cool off," she said.

Katrina's other favorite is the seesaw, which she said she enjoys playing on with her 3-year-old brother.

Katelyn Muse, 8, also enjoys the Loopy Whoop.

"You can spin around on it," she said. "It feels like you are on a roller coaster."

Bell said she was pleased that the students enjoy the new equipment and was thankful to all of those who donated funds.

The school's PTA is now raising funds for additions to the school's media center.




Companies who supported the playground additions:

· AC&T

· Automated Office Solutions

· Boonsboro Pharmacy

· Blue & Gray Towing

· Giant Foods

· Hagerstown Management Corp.

· Hoffman Chevrolet Cadillac

· Interstate Battery

· Larry Allen & Co. Inc.

· NetConn Solutions

· Boonsboro Video and patrons

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