In order to benefit the CREST school playground project, a basketball game was hosted March 22 at LHS. Lecanto High School staff members played against members of the Citrus County School Board maintenance department, and all of the proceeds were donated to the project.
As of early March, sign-ups for the staff members were still being held.
The goal of the project is to build a playground for students with handicaps and help students hone their physical abilities as well as help foster academic success and bolster their confidence.
Previous fundraisers have been held, such as the spaghetti dinner fundraiser and a concert fundraiser. More money is needed to help the project break ground in December, 2013. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $296,000. This money will build the wheelchair accessible playground that will be used as a fun form of therapy for the students.
In 1994 the CREST school replaced the Lakeview School, and since then, the playground equipment has not been updated.
The update would be well received by staff and students at the school.
“It’s a project very dear to our hearts for all our kids,” teacher Kelly Daugherty said. “The kids deserve a place to go to socialize and play.”
The project has been underway for the last four years and is expected to be completed within the next three years. So far, several companies have taken part and donated to the cause.
Students here at Lecanto High School feel that the game was a good cause.
“I think it’s great that the community is coming together for such a great cause,” senior Brianna Kirkpatrick said.
It meant a great deal to the students and staff at CREST, as well as their families, when members of the community attended the game.