George Mason Elementary students dedicate field day to donor

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This morning students at George Mason Elementary in Richmond's Church Hill gathered to honor the Richmond man who's stepped up and donated thousands of dollars to replace a playground that burned down last week.

These students and they're extremely touched by Mr. Singleton's generosity, donating $75,000 to rebuild something that was much more to them than plastic and metal.

For at least one day, students of George Mason Elementary had somewhere to play again.

This is the school's annual extreme field day, that rewards students and ends the year on a high note, something that was needed this year more than ever.

Student, Chris Reed says " I thought, who would do something like this, and I thought we weren't going to get a new playground and I felt sad, because it was the only playground we had, and I did like it."

Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent of RPS says, "Its making lemonade from lemons. Of course the kids were disappointed when they came to school to see their playground destroyed, staff and community were disappointed, but when Mr. Singleton answered the call, that made them feel much better about the situation, because there's hope at the end of this tunnel."

Local Richmond resident Mr. W.E Singleton, in memory of his mother, donated $75,000, putting the school on the fast track with picking up the pieces and rebuilding this playground after it was set on fire last week. This field day is dedicated to him.

Student Donovan Gooden says, "I think that man is good and God loves him and he's a good man to our school and to everyone that knows him."

The children will be writing and sending thank you letters to Mr. Singleton and look forward to finally meeting their "hero" later this summer at the groundbreaking for the new playground.

The Strong foundation also donated one thousand dollars to the project and the new playground, which will be ADA accessible, is expected to be finished before school opens next September.

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