A newly built playground for kindergartners and first graders at Seaford Harbor School was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.
The new playground was constructed over the summer and opened in time for the 2012/13 school year thanks to obtained from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The school’s previous wooden-structured kindergarten playground needed to be taken down last year due to safety concerns.
“Today celebrates a dream come true,” said Seaford Harbor School Principal Donna DeLucia-Troisi during Thursday morning’s ceremony attended by kindergarten students, parents, district leaders and elected officials.
The playground is designed with features designed for all types of learners. For auditory learners there are bells and chimes and for visual learners there are different colors and designs. For tactile learners, the playground features sections that move and turn and there are also number and counting areas where students can build their math skills.
Efforts for the playground were made through fundraising efforts by the Seaford Harbor School PTA. Past PTA President Lisa Garcia and Parliamentarian Yvonne Sinisgalli raised $3,000 at a fundraiser last December to kick off Harbor’s 50th Anniversary and the $38,000 grant from Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation was secured by the grant writing expertise of Harbor parent Melanie Schnaier. The school also received a $15,000 donation from the HW Wilson Foundation along with $5,000 from the Target for Education rewards program.
The project manager for the new playground was Andrew Ward, Seaford's director of Facilities and Operations. Ward was recognized at Thursday’s ceremony along with Garcia, Schnaier, Robert Cook from the Lowe’s Charitable Foundation and Gail Regan from HW Wilson Foundation.
Elected officials who attended Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony included State Se. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, Assemblyman David McDonough, R-Merrick, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, R-Freeport and Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick.
"When we all have our focus together, wonderful things can happen," said Seaford Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy in his remarks at the ceremony. "I congratulate everyone who had any piece of this."