New Playground Opens!

group cuts the ribbon for new playground

A bit of rainy weather couldn’t limit the happiness at the Ribbon Cutting of the new Sam Boardman Elementary playground on October 25th. About 40 people gathered in the gym for a short program, then moved to the playground to cut the big blue ribbon.

“This is actually really exciting to have one central playground, which improves safety for all our students. The sense of community to make this happen has been amazing,” said Amelia Newton, vice president of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Ana Pineyro, the previous PTO president, said the group had talked about this for three years and many volunteers made it happen.

More than $68,000 was raised by students, the Sam Boardman PTO and several generous community businesses: Columbia River Technologies, Lamb Weston, Wildhorse Foundation, Umatilla Electric Cooperative, NW Health Foundation, Kiwanis and Boardman Child Development.

Mike Sowa from Tillamook in Boardman said the company is pleased to be involved. “Really it’s just an affirmation that we are part of the community. Stewardship is one of our values, and seeing healthy kids enjoying the playground is just a wonderful thing.”

To view more photos of the event, visit the Morrow County SD Facebook page.

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