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A new outdoor classroom for Gilmore Elementary is one step closer to completion because of a $10,000 donation made from the NiSource Charitable Foundation on behalf of Columbia Pipeline Group to Sandyville Community PRIDE Inc.

A check for the nature and fitness trail was presented May 19.

Sandyville Community PRIDE Inc. is a non-profit community support group with the mission of promoting recreation, innovation, development and educational activities in the Sandyville area to improve the quality of life for both children and members of the community.

The group participates in community activities such as the Sandyville Youth Basketball Program, various community holiday events and the community library box.

The Columbia Pipeline Group companies include Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, Central Kentucky Transmission and Hardy Storage as units of NiSource Inc. The CPG, combined with its operation of Millennium Pipeline Co., operates about 15,700 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline and 37 storage fields, delivering more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year.

“We are so proud to help provide the community of Sandyville this pavilion that will take learning outside of the traditional classroom and allow students to experience nature,” said Columbia Pipeline Group Regional Director Chris Davis. “The Gilmore Nature and Fitness Trail fits perfectly in line with the Columbia Spirit as it teaches children the importance of wellness and fitness, as well as environmental responsibility.”

The Sandyville Community PRIDE Gilmore Elementary Nature & Fitness Trail Project began in 2010, constructed on the grounds of the school. It will allow students, as well as other community organizations, the ability to learn about nature, physical fitness and other educational initiatives. The classroom currently is in phase eight of 10 and more than $100,000 has been raised so far by Sandyville PRIDE for the project.

“We are excited to have the support of Columbia Pipeline Group and the many other partners who have been involved with the Nature Trail project,” said Sandyville Community PRIDE President Cinda Francis.

“Our goal is that the children in this community will have a better understanding of our natural resources and Columbia’s educational efforts with pipeline safety,” she said.