FRANKLIN - Students at Robinwood Elementary donned their thinking caps—literally—on Monday, Feb. 6, and put their knowledge to the test in order to raise money for a new playground at the school.
On Knowledge-A-Thon day, students answered a variety of questions specific to their grade level, earning money for correct answers thanks to pledges from friends and family. In the weeks prior, the students had asked for these pledges from parents, grandparents, and neighbors, who said they would donate a certain amount of money to the school for each of the students' correct answers.
Though the total amount of money brought in by Knowledge-A-Thon pledges will not be known until closer to the end of February, Principal Chad Nelson said that have already collected $5,300. That total is halfway toward their goal of $10,000, which is how much more is needed to build a new playground at the school.
Robinwood has been focusing on re-doing the playground for the past few years and recently replaced their other play structure. However, the second one, primarily used by the younger students, has yet to be touched, with the school's fall fundraiser falling short of its goal.
The current playground is fairly old and much smaller than it used to be, as several parts have had to be removed for safety reasons. However, knowing that the money they raised through the Knowledge-A-Thon is going toward a new playground has been a great motivator for the students.
"The playground is definitely an exciting thing for the majority of the student body," said Corinne Azzaline, a member of the Robinwood's Parent Teacher Organization. "It's a much needed and welcomed change."
According to Lyndee Rynders, Robinwood's music teacher, the first new playground was a hit, with "so many other new activities and new parts to the playground that we haven't had here for a while." The second new playground, she thinks, will be just as beloved.
If the school meets their goal of $10,000, Principal Nelson says that they will be able to build the playground over the summer, and it will be waiting for the students when they come back in the fall.
"We really have a wonderful community at Robinwood. I cannot stress that enough," said Azzaline. "It starts from the top down. We have a great principal, the best teachers and staff and the most amazing parents. When you ask, they come in droves!"
UPDATE: In total, Robinwood was able to raise $10,270 from the Knowledge-A-Thon, and the play structure will be built in time for the students' return to school in the fall.