Amanda Elementary School playground nears completion thanks to the Kiwanis Club and community volunteers
The playground will be named in memory of Guy Stone. His widow, Jackie, shielded herself from the sunny morning by sitting under an umbrella watching the workers.
“I just wish he was here to see it finished,” she said of her husband, who died on May 12. “It was a challenge and he was always doing things for the kids.”
She remembers a conversation her husband had with Nye. They talked about the cost of the project, estimated at $ 200,000. Nye said it was a lot of money to raise for the service organization. Stone insisted, his wife said.
“He was like a dog with a bone,” she said.
The project also received financial support from the city. Middletown City Council has approved a $ 45,000 grant from the CARES Act that requires funds to help low to moderate income residents, said City Manager Jim Palenick. He said there are 407 students in Amanda and around 100 children living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Of these, he said, 10 are children with autism and 10 are children with physical disabilities.
The Kiwanis have also received funds from the Fondersmith Foundation through the Middletown Community Foundation Youth Council, the Middletown Kiwanis Club and a State Farm Insurance Grant.
The school’s play equipment is 15 years old and has four swings. The playground faces the busy Oxford State Road, and the new playground has been built behind the school. Amanda principal Beth Hendricks said a new playground would be “a great thing for our kids.”