Arnold Elementary students celebrate new walking track with ‘Color Run’

On Saturday, Arnold Elementary students, parents and faculty celebrated a brand new walking track and playground in style.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Saturday, Arnold Elementary students, parents and faculty celebrated a brand new walking track and playground in style, with a color run.

Students say they had a blast.

“I’m feeling really energized and happy that everyone’s having fun,” fifth-grader Ella Larsen said.

“I got colored a lot,” third-grader Leah Jones said. “There was a lot of blue sections, which is my favorite color, so I was kind of happy!”

Jennifer Brhel, who is a member of the Arnold Elementary PTO, explained why the walking track and playground are such a big deal to the West Lincoln community.

“We don’t have a lot of sidewalks out in this area of town, so this playground project is actually going to provide a safe place for families and children to come and play,” Brhel said.

The $171,000 playground project has been in the works for several years. Wendy Van, president of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, says that the organization teamed up with the Arnold Elementary PTO and the Community Health Endowment to try to raise money and put together plans for a new playground and track after recognizing that West Lincoln did not have as many recreation and wellness options as other parts of the city.

“We want to create safe spaces where we can bring neighborhood, community, schools, teachers and academics together,” Van said.

Students say they are excited that they will be getting a new playground.

“We were about to get a playground but we didn’t get a playground, but I’m actually very, very excited,” fourth-grader Sophia Austin said.

“I’m excited for my sisters to play on it when they get older,” Arnold student Kayliana Gibilisco said.

What would students tell others about the color run experience? Fourth-grader Declan Renner says he would highly recommend it.

“They need to do it immediately because it’s awesome!” Renner said.

Van says the concrete has been laid for the walking track and is hopeful that the playground will be complete before winter.

If you would like to contribute to the construction of the playground, you can visit this link and type ‘Arnold Playground’ in the designated gift section of the form.

 

 

 

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