2016 Sept 21: RIS Play Ground Volunteers
The community of Rockdale continues to provide opportunities for us to appreciate the small town in which we live. Kathy Pelzel, Rockdale Intermediate School principal, has information she would like to share this week that further proves just how lucky we are.
I’m not sure if the members of our wonderful community have had an opportunity to drive by Rockdale Intermediate School this year. Not everyone has a student attending on our campus. If you haven’t, I encourage you to drive by and see our new playground equipment! The students have been enjoying it immensely this year. It was a much needed upgrade that would not have been possible without some incredible generosity and hard work.
David Yarbrough, the PTO, Alpha Tau Delta and Lin Perry made extremely generous donations in order to make all this new equipment a reality. With the monetary donations we were able to purchase a wonderful playset and materials to build swing sets. Once the equipment was ordered, Perry and Perry Builders used their equipment and knowledgeable staff to accept delivery and begin setting up the equipment.
As you can imagine, this is quite an undertaking. Perry and Perry Builders’ donation included labor and equipment necessary to get the project completed over the summer so it would be ready for students when they returned this year. We had two weekends where members of our community came out in the heat of the day and worked alongside Perry & Perry's crew to construct the playground for us. We had people doing everything from painting to assembling set pieces and setting them in the ground. It was a massive amount of work but our volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got it done with a smile on their faces, albeit a sweaty one.
While we are so very grateful to have this new addition to our campus, this is not the best part of the project. The lesson learned by our students is the greatest gift we received to start the 2016/2017 school year. Our students witnessed what happens when folks in a community set a goal and work together to accomplish it. This project teaches Rockdale students that volunteerism can have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of others. Volunteering time to swing a hammer or dig a hole can be every bit as helpful and rewarding as the generous monetary donations. We are now the proud recipients of a symbol representing what can be accomplished by a determined community that isn’t afraid of a little hard work.
We challenge our students to reach farther and work hard each day in the classroom. When the children go outside for recess and enjoy all the new equipment, they can literally see evidence of how much our community loves them. These aren’t just values we preach. Our community lives these values and demonstrates them constantly. This is permanent, tangible evidence of what we hope to instill in our students as they grow into responsible, giving adults.