MALDEN — The Malden community has surpassed its goal to raise money for new playground equipment at the grade school.
On Monday, Malden Grade School Superintendent Mike Patterson said the Malden Playground Community, Malden students and staff, and the community have come together to raise $34,737 for the new playground equipment. The original goal was $25,000.
Patterson said it’s amazing the amount of money that has been raised in less than three months for the new playground. The money includes nearly $800 raised by the students themselves in a Pennies for Playground drive, a $5,000 grant from the local Pioneer dealer, and from fundraisers, including the most recent benefit/auction held at the Princeton Moose Lodge.
As reported earlier in the Bureau County Republican, the Malden Playground Committee had two goals when it formed earlier this year. The first goal was to raise the needed $25,000 so Malden kids could have modern, updated playground equipment at the school. The second goal was to increase community involvement with the school.
Those goals have been met and exceeded, Patterson said. Not only was the monetary goal reached and exceeded, there has also been great community support from every group and organization in the town, from parents and families, from people who no longer have children in the school, he said.
Looking ahead, Patterson said the Malden Playground Committee will meet Thursday evening to move forward with selecting pieces for the new playground. With the additional money, the committee can look at maybe larger pieces or more pieces, he said.
As far as the existing playground equipment at the grade school, the bridge piece will be removed, but some of the other pieces may remain, Patterson said. The goal is to have the new playground equipment installed next June, he said.
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