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Thursday, March 23, 2017
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK RECCEKThe playground area at Sheckler Elementary School is cleared of the old equipment and ready for a new apparatus to be installed. PRESS PHOTO BY MARK RECCEKThe playground area at Sheckler Elementary School is cleared of the old equipment and ready for a new apparatus to be installed.

Out with the old

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to the Press in Local News

Getting ready for the new playground

Sheckler Elementary School’s old playground has officially been demolished, making way for a new playground to be installed.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told The Press the new playground is entirely funded through the school’s Home and School Association and the Catasauqua Area School District.

The Home and School Association in the beginning of the academic year began a fundraising campaign to raise money for the new playground.

In addition, Sheckler fourth-grade students Cody Kurczeski and Nicholas Stem set up a lemonade stand during the school’s meet the teacher night to help raise money for the new structure. Their efforts netted roughly $107.

New playgrounds, on average, start in the mid-$40,000 range.

As previously reported by The Press, a new playground is needed as the former structure was 25 years old.

The exact date the new equipment will be fully installed is not yet known, Dauberman said.

“We are currently working on final site preparations and communicating with the installers with regards to an installation start date,” he said.