SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The Spring Valley community is coming together to help Kingsland Elementary School get a new playground for its preschoolers.
The current playground was installed in 1995. It's getting too old for kids to play on. It's also made for a K-6 age group, not preschoolers.
"To have them have a place to play that is age appropriate for them would be a huge goal," Becky Bicknese, Community Education Director at Kingsland Public Schools, said.
The bigger problem? A new playground will easily cost at least $50,000 and Kingsland has $0 in the budget for a new playground.
But the community is coming together to help out. Parents have taken the lead on creating fundraisers for a new playground. Parents are helping organize fundraising dinners and events, and creating mason jars for people in the community to donate.
Area businesses are also helping out. At the school's recent fundraising Halloween dinner, local businesses including Kwik Trip, Gas and Goodies, Bremseth Body Shop, Gateway, Thompson Motors, and Bank Gift Haus, donated food and items for the dinner.
The community's efforts to help the school leaves Bicknese at a loss of words.
"It's just...it's...I can't even explain it," she said. "It's amazing to know that our community is so supportive and caring of our kids."
So far the school has raised $1,905.41. It hopes to raise enough money to put a new playground in the courtyard by summer 2020 at the latest. The school meets with a developer to get initial estimates on cost on November 8.
People can help raise money by participating in Kwik Trip's Milk Moola. Here's how it works.