ALLEN — Students returning to Wesley Christian School later this month have something new to look forward to. The school worked with area individuals and businesses and received two grants to renovate the school’s playground.
“We had simply outgrown our other playground,” comments Mrs. Selina Jarrell, the 4-year old Kindergarten teacher at the school. In fact, the school (an outreach of Christ United Methodist Church in Allen, KY) opened its doors a little over 15 years ago with a student population of 14. In the 2013-14 the school will welcome over 200 students in grades Kindergarten through 12. “Having added a high school building in 2012, funds for a much needed renovation of the playground were hard to come by,” adds Mrs. Selina. This determined K4 teacher began working on several projects to help renovate the play area. Along with a host of faculty, staff, parents and grandparents Mrs. Selina hosted several school fundraising events and projects over the last year to fund the project. She was able to and gain help from a grant from Gametime for a new play structure and a donation of another wooden play structure from Lowe’s in Pikeville that went to the Learning Center. Yet, another grant obtained from Kentucky’s Division of Waste Management provided funds for the purchase of crumb rubber to surface the new playground area. The crumb rubber used at the site is made from recycled waste tires from Kentucky.
The playground is the result of tremendous effort and was made a reality by the work of faculty, staff, parents and area businesses who provided everything from the hands that put it all together to the funds for the little things. Everyone worked to make the play area something all of the schools’ students can benefit from. In addition to the equipment donations and crumb rubber surfacing the play area will include: a basketball court, volleyball court, tire swing, gaga ball pit, 2-tether ball courts, 4-square and a new picnic area.
The Wesley Christian School community extends heartfelt thanks, gratitude and appreciation to the following for their donations, time and commitment to make this dream project a reality: Dr. Hana, Boyd Construction, Mike Prater (S & S construction), Wal-Mart (Pikeville, Prestonsburg & Paintsville locations), Lowe’s ( Pikeville & Prestonsburg), Dairy Queen in Salyersville, Pepsi Company, Coke-Cola, Nelson Frazier Funeral Home, Giovanni’s in Martin, Burchett Chiropractor, Kenny Florist, Chris & Angie Waugh, Downtown Drug, Medicine Market Pharmacy, Howard Family Pharmacy, Uni Sign Corporation, Dent Systems, Dennis Adams Distributors, Hi-Tech Designs, Outdoor Solutions, First Commonwealth Bank, Ronnie & Wanda Stevens, The Kitchen Center, Ken’s Trucking, Gary & Kathy Spears, Lucy Kinzer, Dr. Joe Burchett, Betsy Layne Development, Dr. June Brose, Dr. Richard Salisbury, local Thirty One Consultant Toni Parsons, Hamilton’s Construction, Bluegrass Group, Wells Medical Group, Reliable Reclamation, Environmental Design, Martin T. Bush Dentistry, Worldwide Equipment, Brandeis Machinery, Patty Maynard, Drains Unlimited, Mountain Enterprises, James Banks, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Sam & Sandra Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Paul Lyon (in honor of Willard & Lucy Kinzer 67th anniversary), Brock McVey, Herbert & Darlene Swiger, Jason & Theressa Fogg, T & N Concrete, Gary Jarrell, Craig Harmon, Jim Harmon, and all of those who remained anonymous or are not listed above.
The new playground is a testament to God’s promise that “All things are possible through Christ Jesus who strengths” us - Philippians 4:13.