A New Place to Play at Landing

Students, parents and staff, as well as school and local government officials, gathered at Landing Elementary School for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a new playground, delivered through the efforts of county legislators and some dedicated parents and school community members.

Former Nassau County Legislator Diane Yaturo originally secured a $50,000 grant to support the construction of the playground at Landing. Current Legislator Delia De Riggi-Whitton finalized the grant and visited the playground along with Glen Cove City Mayor Ralph Suozzi amidst a sea of children and parents who were present as part of the school’s welcome back barbecue.

 “When people work together for a common cause that is noble and right, great things happen,” said Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria, who joined Landing Interim Principal Martin Malone and former Principal Dr. Michael Israel in helping some very happy Landing students cut the ribbon on the new state-of-the-art playground.

Glen Cove Board of Education members David Huggins and Donna Brady were also on hand to acknowledge the efforts of government and all those who contributed to the fundraising efforts that supported the grant monies in order to complete the playground. This included the Landing School Playground Committee, which consisted of Landing PTA members and parents, headed by Lara Farley and Michele Chalfoun. Ms. Brady specifically acknowledged the effort of school monitor Laurie Maher and those who volunteered for two Zumba fundraisers that Ms. Maher coordinated, which raised thousands of dollars. Mr. Huggins also thanked local landscaper Angelo Stanco who donated blacktop services for the nearby Landing basketball courts. An engraved brick drive was also held to raise funds for the playground, spearheaded by Ellen Lynch. Special thanks also to Alison Gasperello and the many others who contributed to this effort.

According to Glen Cove Director of Facilities Joseph Fiorino, children using the new playground will also benefit from wood-fiber chips that cover the area underneath the playground equipment and provide a much softer and safer surface. Landing maintenance workers prepared the site, laid the chips and will provide the upkeep.

In October, school district officials will rejoin Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton at Gribbin Elementary School, where they will help Principal Francine Santoro and the children, parents and school staff cut the ribbon on their new playground, which was supported by a separate $50,000 county grant, as well.