STOW, OHIO—September 16, 2013—Students at Indian Trail Elementary returned to school this fall to find a new playground, thanks to generous support from the student body, parents, local businesses and Indian Trail alumnus, Mr. Frank Desanzo. The school celebrated the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 9.
“Our principal, Mr. John Lacoste, approached the PTA in the spring of the 2011-2012 school year with the need for a new playground. We accepted the challenge and soon formed a playground committee. With the tremendous help of fellow parents and PTA officers, Sally Phillips and Neil Kapsandy, we set a goal and determined we would make the new playground a reality,” said Rachel Stuber, Playground Committee Chair and PTA Treasurer.
The committee immediately began planning. They sought playground proposals and set fundraising goals. The former equipment was more than 20 years old and was becoming unsafe for the children to play on. Committee members wasted no time.
After a series of events, including a walk-a-thon, coin collecting campaign and asking parents and staff for donations, Indian Trail alumnus, Mr. Frank Desanzo, contacted the school administrator at the beginning of the summer with the surprise of a lifetime. He offered a very generous donation, which was enough to help them attain their goal of the new playground equipment and even installation.
“Mr. Desanzo chose Indian Trail because he has so many fond memories of his days spent there as a child,” Stuber explained.
“The reaction of the students has been amazing! Their faces lit up with delight and surprise when they went out for recess and saw the new playground on the first day of school. Most of these students had attended IT last year and were aware of the efforts that had taken place for the playground,” Stuber said. “It is absolutely beautiful!”
This past August, the demolition of the former equipment took place and the new equipment was installed by Snider & Associates.
Indian Trail’s PTA parents would like to extend their appreciation to the following who contributed to the playground fundraising efforts: Mr. Frank Desanzo; Indian Trail PTA, students, families, friends and staff; Third Estimate Corporation; Glavin Industries; Riverfront YMCA; Tri-State Tool & Die, Inc.; Bruegger’s Bagels; Rockne’s; Altieri’s Pizza; Five Below and Giant Eagle.
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