To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The students at Saint Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams witnessed a blessing of a different sort on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when Pastor Dan Boyle bestowed blessings on their new playground. In front of the entire school body, many parents, and generous members of the community, Father Boyle anointed the new equipment, one apparatus at a time, with holy water and asked for all who use it to be safe and kept in God’s careful watch.
Conception for the playground began during the school’s Centennial Celebration two years ago when many alumni agreed there was a need to update the existing playground. With half of the donations raised by the centennial committee being earmarked for playground renovations the process began. Late last spring a dedicated committee began meeting frequently throughout the summer to make this playground a reality. Countless hours of contacting various entities to familiarize themselves with healthy play, safety and legal considerations as well as financial options led to deciding on a community build project under the supervision of Ultiplay Parks & Playgounds.
From there the school community at large ran with the project. This could not have been possible without the unbelievable generosity of time, talent, and commitment to children from all those who gave until the project was complete.
We have so many people to thank: the gentleman who single handedly disassembled (bolt by bolt) and removed the old equipment and made sure we had new fencing; the young man who provided the equipment and labor to excavate and remove six 2-ton dump trucks of asphalt, dirt and rocks until 9 p.m. after working all day as well as donating stone to improve drainage; the gentleman that drove the dump truck back and forth to Clarksburg; the parents and family members that dug, shoveled, raked, baked, and cleaned up; the tough mudders that had no connection to the school other than being friends of friends that saw an opportunity to help; the parents that donated and operated construction equipment; and the concrete company foreman who arranged for the donated concrete truck to pour on site.
Also, Stanley and Mr. Potter who shared their commitment and supervision to doing it the right way; the ladies that gave up their free Saturday to set up and clean up lunch for all; Sister Jacqueline who captured the weekend on film and shopped for new balls, jump ropes, and hula-hoops; the neighbors that endured the noise without complaint; and of course Mother Nature for the perfect weather. Phase II of the playground renovation will address the basketball court and lower portion of the play area where the older students now play.
Fundraising for this is ongoing. Donations may be made to the Playground Committee at any time. When the time is right I have no doubt that both internal and external members of Saint Stanislaus School community will once again rise to the occasion on behalf of the students.
The author is the principal of Saint Stanislaus Kostka School.