Annville’s new playground named in memory of a child

ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – There’s a new playground coming to Annville Elementary School to honor 12-year-old Max Schollenberger of Lebanon County.

Max died after years of abuse. Scott Schollenberger Jr., Max’s biological father, and Kimberly Maurer, who supposedly acted as a mother figure for a decade, have both been charged in connection with his death.

With the support of the late Senator Dave Arnold and the continued support of Senator Chris Gebhard, the Annville-Cleona School District was able to secure a grant to build Max’s Place playground.

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It will be on school grounds and the community will be able to access it after school hours. Max was never enrolled in the district, but the principal of Annville Elementary School said his death touched a lot of people.

“I believe this playground is part of a larger healing process for this community. Parents and pupils will be able to use this playground and grandparents will be able to sit and watch their children play,” said Annville Elementary School principal Ross Hopple.

The borough hopes to install the playground for the 2022-2023 school year.

Harold B. McConnell