Ring Elementary School Holds New Primary Playground Dedication

After five years of hard work and dedication, Ring Elementary School recently celebrated their new primary playground for their youngest students with a dedication, poem ceremony and first recess. 

“In kindergarten, we have a number of students who enter school at the age of four,” said Ring Elementary School teachers Brandi Meacham and Jennifer Goshgarian, who spearheaded the campaign to build the new playground, along with former Ring Elementary teacher Tessa Johnson. “Our current playground is approved for ages five to 12. With the addition of more UPK classes, the students deserved a safe, engaging place to play at school. Hence, the Ring Primary Playground campaign was founded.”

The school held many fundraisers to help build the playground. They created Ring School Walk for Pride, Ring School Live Auctions, Square Art Fundraiser and Lunch on the Lawn. The latter two fundraisers will continue as a tradition through the Ring PTA. The school, after raising $40,000 on their own, also received funds from the JPS Capital Projects.

Ring School would also like to acknowledge the generous grant the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation gave to the school for $7,000 and opening a pass-through fund to collect donations. Over the years, many individuals, businesses and staff have donated to the cause including, but not limited to: Johnson Insurance, Dr. Kimberly Meabon, Jamestown Walgreens, Welch’s, Pepsi, Reeds Jewelers, Windstream, Jamestown Teacher’s Association, Slone-Melhuish Insurance, Tops, Wal-Mart, Wegman’s, El Greco Woodworking, and The Holmberg Foundation. The school will create a plaque with the complete list of donors to hang at the school.
“The C.C. Ring Primary Playground Project would sincerely like to thank all the community members that helped make this dream of an awesome playground come true! Watching our children enjoying the new playground makes all of the hard work worth it!” said the teachers.

posted on 10/01/2015 - filed under: Community, Elementary School, Physical Education, Spotlight, Staff, Students