Southwest School in Geneseo unveils new playground

Anne Nelms

During Southwest Elementary School’s expansion a section of the playground was removed and was unable to be reinstalled being as it was made of wood and was outdated. The PTA decided this equipment needed to be replaced to support the 370 Southwest students who use the equipment every day. 

 At the end of 2018 school year, the PTA put together a fundraising committee who set a goal to raise to $35,000.  A few large events were planned, the first ever Carnival (held in spring 2018), Ice Cream Social (held summer 2018) and a Walk-a-Thon (held in fall 2018).  We were amazed at the generosity of Southwest families.  Between the Walk-a-Thon, Grants, PTA Carnival and some PTA savings we were able to raise $42,700 towards a new playground structure and replacing 3 outdate pieces.  The School District graciously helped our project by taking up the installation cost and adding wood chips.