A Joint Use Grant under the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax created by Act 18 of 2009 has been awarded to Blevins Elementary School.
A Joint Use Grant under the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax created by Act 18 of 2009 has been awarded to Blevins Elementary School. The $10,000 grant will be used to repair the Blevins Elementary playground, which serves not only as a recreational area during school hours, but also for the community at large, according to school spokesperson Claudette Harris. “The playground has been in need of a facelift for several years,” Harris said in an announcement. “Due to an erosion problem, the ground is no longer level and has washed out places where the water has gone across the soil. The water has caused soil to be washed away from tree roots, concrete basketball courts and playground equipment.” The grant is a collaboration between Blevins Elementary and the City of Blevins, she said. The repairs will provide for drainage pipes to be installed across the playground to solve erosion problems, and fill dirt will be used around equipment and exposed surfaces. The playground will then be seeded with Bermuda grass to stabilize the soil and create a better play surface. “Parents and volunteers are welcome to assist with the project,” Harris said. Volunteers may contact Harris, Lisa Doss or Autumn Reeder at Blevins Elementary by calling 870-874-2283 during school hours. Joint Use Grants are intended as “start-up funding” for schools to provide for collaborative partnerships between schools and local communities to accomplish specific projects, under the provisions of Act 180.