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Kids on a mission to get playground built at Hernando County elementary school

Posted at 1:28 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 18:31:21-04

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Students at Chocachatti Elementary are on a mission to get a playground built at their school.

The school has never had one and right now kids play on the pavement outside during recess.

When the school was built 20 years ago, extra money went into arts and other programs and there wasn't any money leftover for a playground.

Students made a video with the hope of convincing school officials and community members to donate to the cause.

The school is organizing a fundraiser which is called Project Playground to help raise the money.

The school’s staff and students hope to raise $150,000 for the playground. So far, they've raised about $30,000.

“Currently, at Chocachatti, we have amazing things going on that ensure brains are growing and healthy eating is learned and practiced, but physical exercise is an area that the school would like to improve on for our students because they deserve it,” said teacher Sarah Trowell.

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“We have NO playground at all for our 1st-5th students, and the small one we have for kindergarten is old and doesn't accommodate all of the kindergarten students,” said Trowell.

Trowell says providing students with playground equipment is imperative because a new law requires students to have 150 minutes of physical activity a week.  

For more information or to help donate to the project, click here.