Ruleville playground gets makeover
by Paisley Boston
Aug 28, 2013 | 1289 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Drew-Ruleville Rotary Club members Billy Marlow, Clint Russell, Wayne Walters, Bradley Alan Cooper and Chris Williams work to ensure students at Ruleville Central Elementary School have a safe playground.
Drew-Ruleville Rotary Club members Billy Marlow, Clint Russell, Wayne Walters, Bradley Alan Cooper and Chris Williams work to ensure students at Ruleville Central Elementary School have a safe playground.
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Recess will be a lot more exciting for the children of Ruleville Central Elementary School now that they have a completely refurbished playground.

The Drew-Ruleville Rotary Club recently completed months of work on the area and will dedicate it at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

Mississippi law requires at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day for children in school.

However, Principal Kathern Barber said sine the playground had been closed when the Sunflower County School System went under conservatorship of the state and since the school lacks a certified physical education teacher, students getting exercise to videos in of the classroom.

"Physical activity is really important," said Barber.

Teacher Tiffanie Russell came up with a solution to counteract this deficit by contacting the Drew-Ruleville Rotary Club and requesting their assistance.

The club finalized plans to take on the task in April 2012 as their annual project.

"We raised money for about a year. We completely refurbished it from start to finish and we added a very large playground piece that is equipped with three slides,” said Chris Williams, a member of the rotary club.

"We painted old equipment that was safe and removed the merry-go-round. We had to meet playground specification standards.

"The physical labor lasted for around two months and we finished the playground on Sunday,"

The club received most of its support through fundraisers such as selling over 100 Boston Butts to purchase most of the supplies.

They raised $12,000 and received a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation and District 6800, giving them a total of $24,000 for repair and restoration of the playground.

"I am elated. I can’t go out and look at the playground without crying because the children have been without a playground for a very long time," said Barber.

"We're thankful and very appreciative. The children are very excited and we are encouraging everyone to come out on Friday to join us in our ceremony," said Russell.

"We're hoping that at the end of the ceremony, children will be able to play on their new playground and it will definitely be opened on Monday during recess, "said Williams.

The Rotary Club is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethnical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.