Letters, November 19, 2014

Playground project a community effort

I want to thank the Hills?boro Community Founda?tion and members of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church for their recent contributions to our playground improvement project at Hillsboro Elementary School.

A group of HES parents began the work to improve the playground over a year ago by organizing several fundraising events, but with these recent contributions?financial and volunteer labor?from the HCF and HUMC, respectively, the momentum for this project kicked in to another gear.

The Hillsboro Community Foundation gave $25,000 to the project, which at the time, was the single biggest gift the committee had received.

Following that, a day of service was set aside by HUMC and many parishioners arrived at HES to remove the middle playground area so it could be turned into a courtyard.

The volunteers that day removed the old timbers and the gravel from this area as well as the old swing sets. Mini backhoe diggers and other small rides for pre-school kids were removed as well and salvaged for future use at the school. This was a big help in readying this area for improvement.

The USD 410 Board of Education also voted unanimously to contribute $55,000 of capital outlay money to the project at their Novem?ber regular meeting.

The contributions of these organizations, as well as the many donations from individuals and businesses too numerous to mention, are helping us bring this dream to reality. Future volunteer efforts are being organized by other churches and organizations. This is truly a community effort.

I also want to send a special thanks to Erin Beavers and the HES playground committee members. You have worked so hard bringing attention and focus to this improvement effort. Without your contributions of time and money, we wouldn?t be on the threshold of securing all of the necessary funding for this.

Community projects like this remind me why Hillsboro is such a great place to call home.

Steve Noble

USD 410 superintendent

Hillsboro