Howland’s Springs Primary School cuts ribbon on new playground

Springs Playground

Students at Springs Primary School will soon have a new playground to enjoy thanks to the generosity of the Howland Local Schools Executive PTO and other donors.  The new playground, which was delivered at the end of November, is expected to be ready for use later this winter.  

The Howland Local Schools Executive PTO donated $16,000 to the project.  Springs Primary School received another $2,700 in donations from Dan Faith Construction, Daniel and Jessica Faith, and Gayle and Kenneth Farschman.   The district was also awarded a $9,800 grant for the playground and Principal Travis Roth donated $900 from the Springs Principal Fund to cover the remaining costs.

“I am very excited about the addition of this new equipment because it allows us to have more students engaged in physical activity and creative play at the same time. The new equipment is designed around a game that many students play known as the ground is lava. Students are challenged to move from one side of the equipment to the other without touching the 'lava'. The course includes a rock wall, an overhead climbing rail, a floating net wall, pod steps to hop across and even a wormhole to crawl through! I’m looking forward to watching the creative games they will come up with while playing on it,” said Principal Travis Roth.

The playground project is the first big project that’s been completed since the Howland Local Schools Executive PTO was established.  The group hopes to continue to take on bigger projects in addition to the work they do on an annual basis.

“Without the support we receive from parents and the community, this would have not been possible.  Over the last several years, the successes of our catalog sales and Parents Night Out events have allowed us to not only fund our day-to-day expenses, but also save enough money for this large project,” said Executive Board President Tiffany Miller.

The Howland Local Schools Executive PTO operates on an annual budget of $40,000, which helps to pay for the following:

  • Transportation costs for 1,100 students to take two field trips each year

  • Building Events

    • Springs Primary: Movie Night, Bingo with a Buddy

    • Glen Primary: Movie Night, Bingo with a Buddy

    • H.C. Mines Elementary: COSI, Grandparents Breakfast

    • Howland Intermediate: Fall Dance, Care packages 

  • Field Day

  • Holiday Shoppe 

  • $100 for each K-5 teacher to purchase school supplies each year

  • Dinner for teachers on conference night

  • $1,000 for the high school scholarship fund 

  • Donation to HHS for after prom program

For its next big project,  the Howland Local Schools Executive PTO is considering the purchase of Clevertouch interactive TVs.

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