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Chapman community celebrates playground opening

Attendees at a ribbon-cutting event on Monday (Nov. 14) celebrating the installation of a new playground at Chapman Elementary School were treated to a demonstration of the equipment by a group of experts—kindergartners.

The ceremony was the culmination of a two-year fundraising effort by the school and the Love Chapmantown Community Coalition to raise $41,000 to build the playground, which is designed to serve transitional kindergarten and kindergarten children.

“Until now, our kindergarteners were playing on aging, oversized equipment that was installed when the school opened in 1953,” said Laura Manning, a Chapman teacher involved with the project, in a press release.

The campaign raised enough funds to purchase picnic tables and several tricycles, in addition to swings, slides and other equipment, according to the release.