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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local students will soon play on a new playground thanks to a national grant.

The school is one of three grand prize winners in the 2017 Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes.

Tuesday, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation awarded Sunset Park Elementary School with its prize.

Totaling over $60,00, it includes a new Playcubes Playground and $30,000 to buy additional sports equipment.

“We’re going to meet as a school, as a school improvement team, to figure out how we’re going to use that money. We may do anything from hiring a part-time staff member, to buying sports equipment and we may use it to go on field trips,” said Principle Diego Lehocky.

The awards is meant to promote an active and healthier lifestyle.

“We know that every school needs more resources and often times playground equipment and sporting equipment and things for the cafeteria are the last line items to be filled because they need to focus on the classroom and the needs there,” said Becky Johnson, from the Health Weight Commitment Foundation.

There were nearly 620,000 for the grant. Winners were selected through a raffle process at random.


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