Albion school opens new playground

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – It’s an exciting day for students at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School. Today a new playground opened.

After an opening ceremony, students joyfully played on new slides, swings, climbing apparatus and other playground equipment.

Students watched Titan from Gasport work on the project for about five weeks. The previous playground was about 20 years old. It was made of wood and tended to attract bees. The site also had poor drainage, which kept students off the site after a big rain.

Titan added new drainage, wood chips and the playground, which is a Game Time brand unit.

Elementary band students were given the first shot at playing on the new equipment. They performed at the dedication ceremony.

Rachel Curtin, principal of elementary school, uses a microphone to thank the contractors, community and school employees for working to make the project a reality. State Sen. George Maziarz also directed $67,800 to the district, which was used for the new playground.

Jen Ashbery, assistant elementary school principal, and District Superintendent Michael Bonnewell line up ambassadors from grades K through 2 classrooms to cut the ribbon for the new playground.