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All in day's work

Seneca Valley students are reaping the benefits of their hard work.

This past fall, 80 students from Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS), Haine Middle School and Rowan Elementary School partnered with Cranberry Township, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the State of Pennsylvania, KABOOM, and local and state government officials to build a new playground at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Township.

The catch? They built the playground in ONE day!

The project was a huge success. The kids made a lasting impression and were recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society (PRPS) for their contribution. The group was awarded the Pennsylvania Project of the Year and the 2018 Pennsylvania State Cooperative Program of the Year at a conference held at Penn State University on April 4. 

Cindy Dunlap, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Chief Regional Director, stated “This partnership between school and community is unique to Seneca Valley and should serve as a template for municipalities across Pennsylvania.” 

Mike Manipole, event organizer and RGMS Health and Physical Education Teacher, said he was very appreciative of the support he received from the district and building administration in his efforts to plan the event as a member of the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors. “I think it is so important to be involved in your community and appreciate that our District allows our students the opportunity to participate in these enriching programs,” Manipole said.

PRPS Award

Pictured above: RGMS Assistant Principal Rob Raso, DCNR Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services Lauren Imgrund, Pennsylvania Municipal League Executive Director Rick Schuettler, Cranberry Township Parks and Recreation Director Pete Geis, RGMS Health and Physical Education Teacher Mike Manipole, DCNR Chief Regional Director Cindy Dunlap, Pennsylvania Municipal League Deputy Executive Director John Brenner and Pashek Associates Recreation Planner Heather Cyphert.