Gribbin Opens a New Playground

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Less than three weeks after one Glen Cove elementary school cut the ribbon on a new playground, Gribbin School opened its new facility amidst a crowd of students, parents and staff joined by school and local government officials.

Former Nassau County Legislator Diane Yaturo originally secured a $50,000 grant to support the construction of the playground and the office of current Legislator Delia De Riggi-Whitton completed the process. Legislator De Riggi-Whitton visited the playground along with Glen Cove City Mayor Ralph Suozzi to celebrate the grand opening.

Glen Cove Board of Education members David Huggins and Gail Nedbor-Gross were also on hand to help Principal Francine Santoro cut the ribbon on the new facility. PTA Co-President Brian Basil served as the master of ceremonies, thanking not only the Legislature, but also all those who participated in the various fundraising efforts that raised approximately $12,000 to support the completion of the playground. Parents Ronni Jenkins, John Vilafone and physical education teacher Mark Checola were the driving forces behind the effort.

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.

In September, Landing Elementary School officially opened their new playground, which was supported by a similar County grant and the school community’s own fundraising efforts.