$84,000 worth of New Playground Equipment Coming to Warren E. Hearnes Elementary School in Charleston

Warren E. Hearnes Elementary School in Charleston  will soon be getting new playground equipment, including some pieces that are all -inclusive. This project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi County SB40 Board, the CDC Healthy Schools Grant and local funding. School district officials say a big inclusive play area will be put in to the west of Pod E on the upper elementary playground and it will also include a ramp, climbers, slides, tunnels, shaded sections, among other amenities. In addition, the playground will also include, educational panels with the braille alphabet, officials say. The upper playground will also contain a large obstacle course with a balance beam, parallel bars, a worm climber, among other amenities. The playground will be available to both the elementary and middle school students. On the lower elementary playground, many items will be put in such as seesaws, a “hoopla” climber, spinners and rainbow music makers. The lower playground will also receive an obstacle course that will have a small climbing wall, stepping stones, a “hoop alley” and fun wheels. At the January meeting, the Charleston R-I School Board looked over the plans and gave their approval to pursue the grant opportunity. The SB40 grant was officially awarded early last month and the last approval was given to buy the equipment by the Board of Education during the February meeting. In all, the project will cost a projected $84,573.65, of which $72,000 will be provided by the SB40 Board, $5,000 from the CDC grant, $3,373.65 from the CARES Act and around $4,200 in labor costs covered by district.

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