It was an exciting day for the Squadron Line community Friday as installation began for the new playground at the rear of the school.
In just a years time, the school's Parent Teacher Organization spearheaded an effort to raise $41,000 for a new Ultiplay playground to replace an aging wooden structure used by younger kids at the school.
"I'm just amazed and very appreciative of the way the community at Squadron Line has pulled together," said PTO president Christie Pascavis.
Contributions came from fundraisers and donations, including a $2,500 gift from Stop and Shop.
On Friday, volunteers were out in full force, including many from the store.
"It's just a great cause," said Yvonne Armando, Stop & Shop volunteer coordinator for the effort. "Kids have come out a couple of times screaming thank you."
Volunteers will again join Ultiplay representatives on Saturday. Pascavis said the effort would be bolstered if some community members have time to come out and help spread mulch.