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Dance-a-Thon raises funds for Westridge playground

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GAYLE MICKEY - Westridge Elementary School students got their groove on during the Silly Sock Dance-a-Thon last week. Olivia Yarmoluk, far left, back row, looks on as a row of dancers kick up their heels, from left: Emma Martin, Katie Dukart, Gabrielle Dover, Hannah Grimes and Abby Seyle.Not all toe warmers are created equal. Some sport symbols, stripes or stars or are just plain silly.

“Bold” was the watchword for footwear at the Westridge Elementary School Silly Sock Dance-a-Thon last week. Students boogied to raise dollars for the Westridge Elementary School playground, a project organizers aim to kick off this summer. The children’s efforts brought in almost $5,930, said Westridge parent Gayle Mickey.

Plans for the $335,600 project include a new play structure, outdoor amphitheater, artificial turf, rubberized play surface, ball wall, basketball hoop, a grove and a tent for the rainy season. There also will be improved drainage.

A district study deemed portions of the play structure to be hazardous, and there is flooding during the rainy season, said Analeis Weidlich, co-president of the Westridge Parent Teacher Student Organization. The PTSO has gotten a matching grant and is seeking local partnerships.

Other fundraisers for the project include an ongoing personalized bricks and benches sale. A brick is $125, $250 or $500 depending on the size and content. The bricks will be fashioned into two trails along the playground. A legacy bench with a plaque is $3,000, commemorating a loved one and offering a place for parents, teachers and, possibly, tired children to rest.

For more information about the project or to donate, visit westridgeparents.com.