Broken slide

The slide at Wilbur Wright Elementary School is broken and boarded off. The PTO is raising $120,000 for a new playground there.

Parents, teachers and leaders at Wilbur Wright Elementary School are working hard so their kiddos can play hard.

“The current playground is in disrepair and it’s time to give students and families in the community a better place to play,” the Wilbur Wright PTO and Principal Jean Ann McAllister said in a joint letter.

The school on Washington Street received a donation from Duke Energy Foundation in 2016 that let them install a new swing set for the Flyers.

The Wilbur Wright PTO and staff have put together an even grander plan.

Students, staff and the PTO are working hard to raise $120,000 to replace broken equipment, add new pieces and make the playground accessible for students who use assistive devices to be mobile.

A safe surface is planned for the Wilbur Wright Elementary playground, along with accessible equipment.

While the playground is part of the elementary school, it is near the trailhead for the Ted Fitzgerald Trail, which starts just outside the school building.

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Ted Fitzgerald was a beloved Wilbur Wright principal and completed the current playground more than 30 years ago.

A donor has stepped up to match all donations made toward the $120,000 upgrade.

The PTO and other Wilbur Wright Elementary School supporters are reaching out to the New Castle community for help so the playground can be completed in a timely manner.

For more information about the playground upgrade, call Wilbur Wright Elementary School at 521-7217.

Donations can be made at the school corporation administration office (322 Elliot Ave.) or at the offices of Hayes, Copenhaver, Crider, & Harvey (214 S. Main St.). All donations are tax deductible.