Commerce Elementary School recently received a spring break playground update after several employees were determined to give the area a makeover.
Alicia Vargas, parent engagement and community outreach coordinator for Commerce City Schools, said the old equipment was inadequate because the school has grown over the years to include more than 60 students.
An updated playground was the vision of pre-K teacher Lauren Brown and Alicia Vargas, who applied for several grants.
The Home Depot donated $10,000 and Kiwanis donated $5,000 to make the purchase of the new commercial playground a reality, along with a few other local businesses who donated to the cause.
Students, teachers and community representatives gathered outside the Primary Business School for the grand opening on Monday, April 25. “This is our second project we’ve worked on with Home Depot,” Vargas said. “We first installed a special needs play area and then our second phase was to update that play area. We know the kids will love it. »
Vargas also said the school recently purchased property on Deer Trail where it plans to build a new facility for K-5 schools over the next five to seven years. Vargas said there is a possibility that the old buildings will be demolished to make way for a sports field.
“Our new playground equipment can be dismantled if we decide to move,” Vargas said. Vargas thanks Tim Nunn, landscaper for Commerce City Schools, who individually set up the playground during spring break, Chris Wilson, manager of The Home Depot, Lincoln Andrews, Home Depot representative, and Darryl Gumz, governor-elect of the district of Georgia from Kiwanis for their donations.
Vargas also thanks the nine local corporate donors including: Performance Freight, Trademark Medical, Hyman Brown Insurance, Commerce Spinal, Seymours Towing, El Parian Downtown Commerce, Fit to a Tee, Adams Corner and Caltay Farms and Up Stairs on Broad.
Those in attendance at the ribbon cutting included Tevin Dunbar, Commerce Police Department Corporal and School Resource Officer, Chris Wilson, Principal Cara Lindsey; Mandy Lund, Senior Assistant, Holden Nunn, son of Tim Nunn; Darryl Gumz, Jennifer Stancil representing Performance Freight and Upstairs on Broad, Alicia Vargas and several teachers and their students.