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New school year means new playground for Brilliant elementary school

The back-to-school season is in full swing across the Ohio Valley and students at Buckeye North Elementary School are prepping for the big day.

The back-to-school season is in full swing across the Ohio Valley and students at Buckeye North Elementary School are prepping for the big day.

An open house was held Friday night to give students the chance to see their classrooms and meet their teachers. It was also the unveiling of a new project years in the making.

The project, approximately $30,000, is now complete at the elementary school. Hundreds of students and parents came out to see the unveiling of the new playground.

"We've been working for about two-and-a-half to three years to get a new playground put in,” said Principal Susan Nolan. “Our PTO did a lot of fundraisers. We had community members that donated, our staff donated and we finally hit our mark and we put it in at the end of June."

A project years in the making is now a reality. The playground comes with a swing set, slide and climbing wall. Thirty lucky students will be the first to try it out.

"We had 30 kids that won a raffle that are going to be the first 30 on the playground,” Nolan said. “So, now with plan B because of the weather, we're still going to cut the ribbon dedicate it tonight, but on the first day of school, the kids that won, they’ll get to go out earlier than the other kids and there the first ones on the playground.”

One of those winners is 4th grader Wyatt.

"I like the new playground. I saw the new playground. It looks pretty cool; it has a climbing wall and everything like that,” he said. “When I was in third grade, they had picked out the raffles tickets that they did and they draw a name and they picked out me.

"I never thought I’d get picked."

Around 30 volunteers helped install the playground which was paid for by several generous donations.

"I just thank everyone for always supporting us,” Nolan said.

And the first day of school for these students will be Wednesday.

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