From the playground to the library

Kettle Lake Elementary PTO funds to be directed to classroom libraries

From left, PTO member Matt Davis, Alexis Saidoo, Emily Walbeck,, Michael Tiesma from D&W Fresh Market and Maura Davis celebrate their $1,000 check from the Direct Your Dollars program

After raising nearly $300,000 to renovate and rebuild the playground over four years, the Kettle Lake Elementary PTO is moving on to fund new classroom libraries offering more books covering many genres and characters.

In 2016, Kettle Lake parents raised funds to replace The Boardwalk playground installation after finding code violations in the old structure. Since then, a chunk of PTO funds have gone toward finishing the new space. The updated playground comes after several years of extra fundraising including an auction and collections throughout the year.

Now that the playground– which includes new equipment, a new pavillion and the addition of a “Learning Garden,”is in its final touches, PTO funds will now be directed to the school library as well as classroom libraries as needed.

“Now we are turning our attention to upgrades to our school library and individual teacher classroom libraries,” said Principal Sean McLaughlin. “No matter what we need, our parents are there for Kettle Lake, it’s really amazing.”

Kettle Lake Elementary parents also saved $150,000 in receipts to receive an $1,000 bonus from D&W’s Direct Your Dollars program. As one of the only schools in the West Michigan area to receive the recognition, all the thanks goes to the parents, principal Sean McLaughlin said.

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Hannah Lentz
A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit.

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