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PTA Raises Money for School Playground on West Side

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POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 6:29pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 1:35pm

EL PASO – The P.T.A. and some community members on the west side of El Paso are making their goal of building a school playground at the Lundy Elementary school a reality.

The P.T.A. had been working to raise money for a playground for 2nd through 5th graders, since before the school opened, in March 2010. Through contributors and sales from catalogs, t-shirts and cookie dough, they managed to get over $49,000 for the project.

Madra Belmont is a secretary for the P.T.A., and she said the playground is necessary for the well-being of the students. “Kids need to play...there have been many studies that have shown benefits of play from not only a physical standpoint...but also there are cognitive, social, and emotional benefits...”

Tomorrow, over 200 volunteers are going to the elementary school to help build the playground. They are hoping to have it finished, by this weekend.

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Nice, we could use more playgrounds all over El Paso...it's worth it, it helps keep kids active and parents involved with them.

WHY IN THE HELL DOESN'T THE EPISD PAY FOR ALL PLAYGROUNDS AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. EPISD PAID OVER 5 MILLION DOLLARS TO PUT ARTIFICIAL TURF ON THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELDS WITHIN EPISD. ANOTHER ITEM THE PTA'S ARE PAYING FOR ARE THE DIGITAL BILL BOARDS AT ALL EPISD SCHOOLS. WHY IS THIS? TAX PAYERS MONEY SHOULD BE EVENLY DISTRIBUTED AMONGST SCHOOLS.

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