Ceremony recognizes completion of new East Hill School playground

The East Hill Elementary School community celebrated the completion of the school’s new playground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 30.

Elementary students cutting a ribbon


Community guests, students, teachers, staff, administrators and state Sen. George Amedore were all on hand for the event.

“This playground is a testament to what can happen when a community works together for its children,” Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw said.

Three years in the works, the new playground was funded by community donations, grants and fundraising. Community volunteers completed work on the new playground during a work weekend earlier this month. The playground features two areas with equipment and play space for grades pre-k through two and three through five.

“I would like to recognize parent Amanda Haig, teacher and parent Michelle Ehle, and parent and staff member Caresse Beam. Their work on the Playground Committee was the driving force behind this playground. We are so thankful for their efforts, “East Hill Principal Stacy Ward said. The three women were presented with thank you banners signed by each East Hill student.

Members of the Canajoharie High School Student Council were also recognized Friday for their efforts during the final work weekend in September for the playground.

Fundraising for the project began in 2013 with the first phase of the construction being completed in the fall of 2014. The grade 3-5 section was completed last month.