School is back in session for students at Amvet Elementary School, and so is playtime.
The Amvet Playground Committee is holding a ribbon-cutting event on Aug. 10 for the grand opening of the Amvet Playground.
The new playground marks the end of a years-long effort known as the Amvet Playground Project to raise money for a new playground structure and equipment to help provide students with a better experience during recess.
Civil engineer and North Public School parent Cari Orsi said the ribbon cutting represents the success of the Amvet Playground Committee and their ability to raise awareness about the need for recess.
“It feels absolutely amazing to see a play structure built at the Amvet Elementary School,” Orsi said. “This was an effort by a whole team of dedicated parents who received help and support from the Amvet Elementary School, the School Department, the town, a number of local businesses and many other community members. It was truly a team effort that came together.”
The playground will be located on an empty field on the school grounds. According to Orsi, the playground includes slides, climbing apparatus, musical panels and swings designed for elementary students.
The initiative to purchase a new playground began in 2022. PTO and committee members met with Superintendent Dr. John Antonucci, state Rep. Adam Scanlon (D-North Attleborough), and Town Manager Michael Borg to develop a plan to receive additional financial support.
Throughout the year, the PTO raised $25,000 in donations and received $450,000 from the Town Council in Free Cash.
Orsi said recess is an essential part of the student’s school experience and that they need the break to build social skills and de-stress after class.
“The playground is so important to the kids,” Orsi said.”Both from a physical aspect but also a social, emotional part as well.”