Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that he has secured $23,000 to assist in the construction of a new playground at the Gorham Elementary School. Senator Volker secured these state funds as part of the adopted 2005-2006 State Budget.
"Parents, teachers, administrators and the children who are part of the Gorham Elementary School have for the past couple of years have worked nonstop to raise the needed funds for a new playground for their school and community," said Senator Volker. "I cannot overemphasize the commitment and dedication that the Gorham Elementary PTO, the children of this community, and the administrators and teachers of the Gorham Elementary School have shown to bring this project to fruition. I am so pleased to have secured $23,000 in order to help bring this playground project become a reality."
Michael Pullen, Principal of the Gorham Elementary School said, "The current playground has served our children and community well many years, and the time has come to replace it so that all of our children, including those with some physical challenges, can enjoy playing with their peers. I am very proud of the enormous effort and support of our children, administrators and educators in fundraising for the replacement of our playground. Senator Volker securing $23,000 in state funds is an enormous shot in the arm to have this new playground up and running in the near future. We are indeed appreciative of all of his efforts to secure these funds."
Senator Volker said, "Although sometimes overlooked, playgrounds play a instrumental role in our children's futures. By being active and socializing with their fellow classmates, they learn life lessons that will have lasting benefits for them as they enter adulthood. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this major undertaking for all of their efforts to bringing this playground to fruition and I look forward to its opening."