In the wee hours of this past Wednesday morning, June 3, someone deliberately set the playground equipment at George Mason Elementary School on fire. What a stupid and senseless act! "Pure D meanness," as my mother would say.
So the incident was reported in the paper, and the cost to replace the equipment was estimated at $70,000. In these difficult economic times, the School Board is dealing with hard questions about where and how to spend its money, and faces shortfalls that may make cuts in instructional funds necessary. It appeared unlikely that replacing the playground equipment would be possible, unless the money was raised privately.
So, the call went out to the community to donate pennies, dimes, quarters, dollars, to cover the cost of replacing the playground equipment. I am sure good people across the City and surrounding counties were opening their wallets to give what they could.
And then it became unnecessary. Mr. and Mrs. W.E Singleton pledged to cover the ENTIRE cost of replacing the playground equipment, $70,000. The gift was given in honor of Mr. Singleton's mother, Ellen Passmore Singleton, who worked with the City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation for almost 30 years.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Singleton. Thank you for your generosity to the George Mason Elementary School and its students. Thank you for your contributions to the Richmond community. And thank you for being a reminder of the inherent goodness and generosity of the human spirit. God bless.