"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better."
Those words, from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, are on the entrance gate to the new St. Clairsville Elementary School Playground.
They started the project in August, and already the first phase is complete.
The funds all came from grants and local donations.
According to St. Clairsville Schools Superintendent, Walt Skaggs, the main part of the facility includes an outdoor classroom, a large refurbished picnic pavilion with electricity, playground equipment and of course, a statue of The Lorax.
"So far we've removed all the old wooden structures which were not ADA compliant," he says. "They were a safety hazard for the kids. Our goal was to make it ADA compliant and to make it safe for the kids to come out and play. So we had a group of individuals that have stepped up. Gabe Hayes and Heather Foster are actually chairing that committee and they've done an outstanding job of putting this together."
Now they're raising funds for the next phase of the project, a large piece of playground equipment.
Flyers with information on the project and how to help are available at the school superintendent's office and at the elementary building.