AES Students Enjoy New Playground Equipment

Ashland Elementary School students have been enjoying the new structure that was recently added to the playground. After two years of hard work raising funds for the addition, the dream became a reality and the students are thrilled.

 Two years ago, inspired by the petition of a second-grade student, the AES Student Council researched playground equipment costs and set a goal to raise the funds needed to improve the AES playground.

 In the fall of 2015, the members of the Student Council began researching and applying for grants. In the winter of 2015-2016, the students learned that they had been awarded a grant for $10,000 from Meredith Village Savings Bank. Since the cost for the structure they selected would be at least $13,000, the group began a letter-writing campaign to local businesses and initiated several other fundraisers. Thanks to the generosity of the Ashland community, the group was able to reach their goal and purchase the equipment.

The students and advisors quickly learned that shipping, storing and assembling the equipment would bring many additional challenges.  Many thanks to Ashland Lumber who provided the needed storage space along with staff from ML Property Maintenance and ACE Carpentry for volunteering to install the equipment.

This was an amazing learning experience for the students involved as they incorporated math, writing, and problem-solving skills throughout the process.