Hancock Elementary students get safer place to play

October 10, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Hancock Elementary School's long-awaited new playground was dedicated recently to the sweet sounds of all the students singing a song they learned for the occasion.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you today," they sang to the parents, PTA members and sponsors who made the project a reality.

The PTA reached its goal to raise $50,000 to replace 30-year-old playground equipment, according to Kristen Robison, who spearheaded the project.

Most of the new equipment has been installed and is ready for use. More is on order and on the way. "Another swing set and some other pieces will be installed soon," Robison said.


The project began in the summer of 2006. A student-inspired playground design was chosen, based on student survey forms and drawings of the ultimate playground.

Fundraising events were held and a corporate sponsorship program was established. Names of contributing businesses and organizations are listed on the entrance sign at the playground.

Gold sponsors are Stanley Fulton, Hancock Presbyterian Church (in memory of John and Merle Keefer), MiHi, M&T Bank and Hancock Rotary.

Silver sponsors are Citizens National Bank, First National Bank of Greencastle, Hancock Athletic Boosters, Hancock Lioness Club and Rayloc.

Bronze sponsors are Mountain State Cruisers, Hancock Lions Club, AC&T, F&M Trust, Girl Scouts Troop 613, Wal-Mart, Xerxes Corp., Hardee's and Hancock United Methodist Church.

Several local businesses chose to buy a piece of playground equipment. A placard will be placed on each piece of equipment recognizing the contribution, Robison said.

"We gave $675 to the playground," said Jack Myers of the Mountain State Cruisers in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Elizabeth Morgan, superintendent of Washington County schools, told the children at the ceremony that they will enjoy their school experience more with the new equipment.

"We can't wait to see you all on the playground," Morgan said.

Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy called the occasion a very special time for the children of Hancock.

"The old equipment was obsolete and unsafe," Murphy said. "It makes me excited this day has finally arrived."

The mayor expressed pride at what a lot of people in a small town can accomplish when they come together.

For her part in the project, Robison was presented with flowers and a Longaberger basket.

Playground items such as balls, jump ropes and other supplies can still be contributed, Robison said.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to Hancock Elementary School Playground Project, 290 W. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750.

To contribute

Playground items such as jump ropes, balls and other supplies can be contributed to the Hancock Elementary School Playground Project, 290 W. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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