Wing Public School upgrades playground equipment, seeks donations
From top to bottom: Wing Public School first-grade students Britton Schlafmann, MaKenna Meier, Hudson Wolff and Megan Hertz are loving the new playground equipment. All of the children belong to Capital Electric Cooperative families.
It’s been a colorful autumn at Wing Public School. Bright, new playground equipment was installed in August, and the metal slides and merry-go-rounds that children have played on since the mid-1960s have been retired due to safety concerns. David Goetz, superintendent, spearheaded the project.
Summer Hoverson, elementary principal and activities director at Wing Public School, says the school’s staff, students and families, and community members worked together to install the new equipment in an effort to save money. In the cooperative spirit of people working together for the benefit of all, the huge effort turned into a huge celebration.
“People showed up even though they have very busy lives; especially in mid-August when harvest is going on. Being a farming community, it was very impressive to see how people came together to help,” Hoverson says.
To pay for the upgrades, school staff are writing grants, holding fundraisers and asking for donations. The school district also received some funding and is in need of more. Hoverson says she plans to apply for an Operation Round Up grant from Capital Electric Cooperative, as the co-op has a service center in Wing, and many of the students are children of co-op members.
Wing Public School currently has about 100 children enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. Hoverson says the town is growing and thriving, thanks to academic activities, sports, extracurricular activities and community events.
Snow may be on the horizon, but Hoverson anticipates winter will be a colorful season, too.
“Our students are loving the new equipment, and it’s nice to know they are safe out there.”