Playground boon for Rosella Park

A NEW playground may not seem like something high on anyone's priority list at the moment, but for Rosella Park State School, it certainly is.

Parents and Citizens' Association president Marg Scoullar said the school is trying to raise $65,000 to replace the current “obsolete” equipment.

“This one needs to be upgraded for the safety and enjoyment of students,” she said.

However, Ms Scoullar said there were also therapeutic benefits.

“It will also provide more opportunities for gross motor development for the students,” Ms Scoullar said.

Already having raised $13,000 for the new equipment, Ms Scoullar said she was confident the rest of the money could be raised by the end of the year.

“The community has been very generous so far and we will continue to apply for grants, use P and C funds and rely on donations to raise the money,” she said.

The school welcomed a donation of $2000 yesterday from Stephen's IGA.

Store manager Jean Harris said the money had come from the store's community chest fund.

“The school has always supported IGA and we thought it was a worthwhile cause and wanted to return the favour,” she said.

Ms Harris said the store was contacted by the school to ask for raffle items to use but IGA decided to donate money directly instead.

Ms Scoullar said the new equipment “would mean the world to the kids”, many of whom have physical or intellectual disabilities, and would welcome further support from the community.

Any individual, community group or organisation that wanted to contribute to the cause should contact the school, she said.