The Michelson Elementary School community celebrated the first day of the new school year on Aug. 22 with the dedication of one of two new play structures on campus.
After a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a brief address by Vallecito Union School District Superintendent Jim Frost, students on the Michelson Leadership Team demonstrated safe use of the play structure before second-graders were released to explore the playground’s features.
According to Michelson Principal Louise Simson, the playgrounds were in need of significant repairs and after careful cost analysis, replacement was a viable option. Designs for the play structures were a collaborative effort coordinated by Head of Operations Tom Richmond.
In addition to Michelson, a new playground structure was also built at Hazel Fischer Elementary in White Pines.
“We’re celebrating the three new structures. A strong body is part of what makes a complete, successful person,” said Frost. “We thank Louise (Simson), as well as kindergarten teachers Anna Garrison and Nanelle McCracken who designed it and provided valuable input. Thanks also to the leadership of the school board for their support and encouragement.”