Funds sought for adaptive playground
During its meeting May 21, North Augusta City Council unanimously passed a resolution to authorize the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services department to submit a grant application to help fund a new adaptive playground at Riverview Park.
The proposed playground would provide an area where physically disabled and physically capable children could play together. It would serve children in Aiken and Edgefield counties. The estimated cost of the project is $240,675, which includes a 15 percent contingency amount.
The nearest adaptive playground is located in Aiken.
The grant application seeks $100,000 in funding assistance for the playground from the Land and Water Conservation Fund program administered by the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
The city currently has $40,675 available to go toward the project, and if the grant is awarded, the city must match the amount by providing the remaining $100,000 for the project.
The grant application is due June 11 and the resolution was a required part of the application. The department will know in late August if it is awarded the grant.
If it is awarded, the adaptive playground could be in place by spring 2013.
Pupil wins state education contest
Sydney Echols, a fifth grader at Hammond Hill Elementary School, won the elementary division of a state contest held by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.
The contest required participants to write an essay, create a poster or take a photograph in response to the question, ‘‘What does education mean to me and my future?’’
Sydney submitted the following essay and won an iPad:
‘‘In my world, getting an education means completing high school, college and graduate school: no exceptions. The broader my education is, the greater my understanding of the world will be. This will give me an advantage in seeking employment, because I will have expanded technical and personal skills. I will also be able to see the world from other points of view besides my own.
‘‘Getting an education means having access to more of the opportunities life can offer, and the more education the larger those opportunities become. I will be more likely to find a job that pays better than those jobs that will be available to people without an education. I will earn a good living and be able to provide for my family. I will be less likely to experience unemployment or poverty.
‘‘With education, healthy foods will not be out of reach for my family, and we will be able to have good insurance that pays for services from doctors and hospitals. That means my family will be healthier and should live longer.
‘‘In addition to these benefits for myself and my family, my education can also impact my local community because I will be better equipped to contribute in many ways. For example, I could volunteer my time in schools as a tutor, or lead projects to help in community improvement or development, or even be the mayor of my home city.
‘‘With a global perspective, I will understand how changes in China, Europe and the Middle East can affect our country's economy and politics. People with higher education are respected and have the knowledge to make business, political and social decisions based on this information and influence others to help make change when needed.
‘‘My achieving a higher level of education will set a good example for my kids and other kids I may try and help. They will then influence the next generation and on and on. This makes our community, our state and our country stronger in the global environment for centuries to come.’’