Volunteers Build Providence Elementary School Playground

By Dana Griffin


PROVIDENCE, RI- Students at Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School will head back to class on Monday with a brand new playground; something the school has been without for long time.

Today, volunteers built the blue and yellow playground that will share a once bare blacktop with a huge painting of the United States.

“When they come out here to play, they're not just running around on blacktop, skinning their knees; we have something they can have some kinesthetic activity with,” said Principal, Cynthia Scheller.

The principal says this would not be possible without a $25,000 donation from the school namesake.

Scheller said, “Mr. Feinstein came to me in June and said, ‘What do you need? What do the students here need?' and I said we need a playground.

Local businesses donated items and offered equipment at a discounted rate.

Fourth grade teacher, Jennifer Partridge, is excited. She knows the benefits of getting those students out for recess.

“Open, and let go for just a short period of time, they go back and they're so much more productive and then we have a much nicer time too,” said Partridge.

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