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Playground impresses Gov.
August 20, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Gov. Pete Ricketts visits with Northfield Elementary School fourth-grader Mitch Moravec after the dedication ceremony welcoming students to an improved playground.

After almost five years of fundraising, a year of planning, and a summer of work, the updated playground at Northfield Elementary School was ready for the students. And Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was there to help with the dedication.

“Our core group has given countless hours doing anything necessary to get the project done,” said Northfield Booster Club member Zac Karpf.
Before introducing the governor Karpf shared some statistics about the playground rebuild. It took 112.000 pounds of gravel, 62,000 pounds of mulch, more than 1,000 volunteer hours, 300 plants, trees and shrubs and 150 landscaping timbers. And to help fund the project, students sold some 45,000 chocolate bars, along with other fundraising events.

“It all started with one idea that we could do better for our kids in providing them with a safer, more fun, environmentally friendly playground,” Karpf said.
Ricketts pointed out all the people who were recognized for being part of making the new playground possible. “Things like this happen because you have lots of adults and kids come together to solve our problems,” he said. “In fact, that’s what makes Nebraska the best place in the world to live. It’s about cooperation and working together. And that’s what makes our state such a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

The governor added he was impressed by the community effort that went into the playground. “I’m especially proud of the Northfield sixth grade class that raised money knowing they wouldn’t be here to see it completed. And I hope you really enjoy this new playground. This is an example of the highest spirit of what it means to be a Nebraskan.”

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