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Millington Elementary debuts new playground

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Playground 1 Playground 2 Playground 3 Playground 4 Playground ribbon cutting Playground Roper and KimberThe special guests entered the Millington Elementary School office one by one this morning for the debut of the school’s new playground.

The special occasion brought out Millington Mayor Terry Jones, Millington Municipal School Superintendent Dr. David Roper, several Millington School Board members and Millington Alderman Larry Dagen. Eager to unveil the playground were members of the Millington Elementary PTA.

But when Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends owner Debb Taylor arrived with the star of the moment Kimber it was time to cut the ribbon.

Kimber, a golden retriever, didn’t have to make the rounds with all the dignitaries on site. Roper, Jones and others made their way to the dog to rub his shiny coat.

Kimber has been a part of the process of getting the playground to MES from the beginning. MES PTA members like Sheila Pugh sparked an effort to get the school a new activity area for children back in March.

The fundraising effort of Pennies for the Playground started March 2 and concluded May 13 raising $2,928.16. The students raising 292,816 pennies garner the attention of the Mid-South Therapy Dogs. The organization built a relationship with the school by coming by once a month with dogs like Kimber to participate with the MES Reading Club.

Mid-South Therapy Dogs presented MES Principal Kathy Wilson with a check for $8,000 back in May for the new playground. And on Aug. 13, Wilson was cutting the ribbon for the playground.

“Lot of fun,” a smiling Roper said standing on the soft wood chips of the playground. “It is a very good day for Millington Elementary. It’s a good day for the school district. We’re so pleased with the work of the Millington PTA that worked so hard along with other organization who contributed to make this day possible.

“Of course the great thing about it, the beneficiaries of will be our children at the school,” he continued. “We’re really please that we’ll have a first-class playground added to the facilities we have here. We’re pleased for them. And thanks to the hard work of so many people and organization who helped make this possible.”

Kimber was joined by the other special guests sliding down the triple slider to break in the playground. Moments later several classes got a quick run-through with the new area.

Now the students of Millington Elementary have an updated playground installed by companies like Wilco Services out of Hernando, Miss., and Zeagar from Kentucky. But the foundation for the new playground was laid by the MES PTA, Millington School Board, City of Millington, Millington Municipal Schools, Mid-South Therapy Dogs and the community.

“It shows by working together, working cooperatively and collaboratively what we can accomplish is unlimited,” Roper concluded. “We can do so much when we work together. This is refreshing to see this happen. We’re thinking it’s going to set the tone for future efforts when we work together to make good things happen.”

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