Recess will be extra fun for the students at Lt. Job Lane School this year due to two new playground elements added over the summer. Bedford Elementary Schools Together PTO (BEST PTO) is excited to make these new structures a reality after two years of fundraising towards the project.
One structure is called the Topsy Turny Spinner, which allows several children to spin together as a group, either standing or sitting. The second structure, called the Hemisphere Climber, is a climbing net in the shape of a half-circle.
BEST PTO is grateful to the businesses in the community, the parents, and the Lane Student Council who helped in the fundraising efforts for these new structures. Dr. Diane Bridgeman, DDS, Hanscom Federal Credit Union, and Dr. Michael Garber of Bedford Dental Associates all made donations. Photographer Shannon Dillon of Creative Images Boston held a day of mini-sessions where a portion of the proceeds went towards the playground fund. BEST PTO also used funds raised in the Color Run and Fall Catalog Fundraiser towards the playground.
The Lane School Student Council made a significant contribution to the playground fund by organizing an ice cream social and a penny drive. Jean Mickle and Michael Fahy, the Student Council Advisors, said “Student Council worked very hard to make our Ice Cream social a sweet success. Money raised from this event played a large role in obtaining the new equipment. We are so proud to work with a wonderful group of students. Seeing the children enjoying the equipment, puts a smile on our faces, and acknowledges the hard work they have done.”
Third-grade student Kaitlyn Munsie summed up the new playground structures in one word, “Awesome!”