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Swinging, climbing and sliding: PBC pre-K and kindergarten students now have their own place to play

large group posing for photo in front of playground holding the ribbon for the ribbon cutting“Kindergarten, pre-k, go play,” principal Hakim Jones gave the go-ahead to an excited bunch of students at the new Pieter B. Coeymans playground Nov. 24.

After two years of planning and nearly a month of construction, the playground is officially open for playtime. Pre-k and kindergarten students, parents, Parent-Teacher Organization officers and school administrators were all in attendance to cut the ribbon to make it official.

two students climbing on the playgroundThe playground was an initiative of the PTO, which worked closely with the school and local businesses to raise funds and build the play area.

PTO President Melanie Potter was excited to see her vision come to life as students scurried through the playground to explore each new apparatus. “This is exactly what we wanted, for pre-k and kindergarten kids to have a safe place to play, have fun and be kids,” Potter said.

young girl sliding down a slideThe playground was funded through small donations by families and community members, PTO fundraisers and contributions from The Village Pizzeria, Sabic, the Farrell family, Babcock funeral home, National Bank of Coxsackie, Alice Whalen and Amaha Electric.