Volunteers spent Tuesday morning installing new basketball goals on the playground at Central Elementary in Clinton.
The project has been in the works for awhile, and kids and school officials agree, the new equipment is a big improvement from what they had before.
“They were bad. The nets were completely shot, the rims were coming down, the backboards in some cases were starting to lean a little bit, so this will be an incredible upgrade,” said Principal Ryan Jenkins.
Playground equipment is not something that usually makes it into a school budget. So, all this is possible because of the generosity of folks in the Clinton community. Last year, the local mini mart started fundraising, donating a couple of cents for every gallon of gas sold. It took about six months, but they raised $5,500 and donated it all to this project.
“It feels great. People come and talk about it, and they say thank you. They really appreciate what we’re doing,” said mini mart manager Suni Niroula.
The new basketball goals are adjustable so kids of all ages can practice their lay-ups and dunks. It’s safe to say, everyone can claim victory.
“Since I’ve been at Central Elementary, I’ve just been overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from the community,” said Jenkins.
Along with thanking all those who donated, Principal Jenkins wanted recognize the Clinton police and fire departments, and the mayor’s office for helping with Tuesday’s work.