Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Summit Drive Elementary School Celebrates Completion of a New Community PlaygroundPublic/Private Partnership Brings Project to Fruition

Summit Drive Elementary School held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the completion of a new community playground in the North Main neighborhood.

The project, which started five years ago, was made possible through contributions by Greenville County Schools, the City of Greenville, individuals, and businesses. The Summit Drive PTA also held several fundraising activities. All total, more than $70,000 was raised for the playground.

Superintendent Burke Royster described the project as the "perfect public/private sector partnership." He was joined at the ceremony by members of city council, school district administrators, school board members, PTA members, students, and business and community leaders.

"This dream became a reality last school year as the final fundraising and partnerships took us to the level of giving that would initiate ordering and installation," said Summit Drive Principal Dr. Megan Mitchell-Hoefer. "None of this would have been possible without the support of our city, district, and you---- parents, faculty and students. I am proud today because what we said we wanted has become just that----- our new community playground and walking path."

Dr. Mitchell-Hoefer added that a walking path around the playground will be installed by the end of the fall semester.

Summit Drive Elementary School is a neighborhood school located in the city of Greenville. The school opened in 1953 and a new building was built behind the old one in 2001. Over the past eight years, Summit Drive's enrollment has increased from approximately 360 to 470 students and serves four-year-old kindergarten through grade five. The community that Summit Drive serves is 79 years old. The school has had a long-standing tradition of support from the neighborhood.

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