Ribbon-cutting of WLE playground/learning center draws crowd

A ribbon-cutting ceremony today signified the opening of a new playground and outdoor learning center at West Lee Elementary School for use by both students and the Spring Hill community in Rembert S.C.

In the spirit of overwhelming support and collaboration, students, and representatives from CareSouth Carolina, Inc.; Central Carolina Technical College; Lee County Council; Lee County Farm & Garden Committee; Lee County First Steps; Lee County Parks & Recreation; Lee County Public Library; Lee County RLI/Interagency Coalition's Blueprint for Health –Project C.A.R.E.; Lee County School District; Lee County Transportation Services; Save the Children; the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control; the S.C. Legislative Delegation; the S.C. Office of Rural Health; and Welvista were all in attendance.

The initiative is one facet of the Lee County RLI/Interagency Coalition's Blueprint for Health- Project C.A.R.E. and is funded by CareSouth Carolina, Inc., Lee County Government, Lee County’s legislative delegation consisting of Sens. Gerald Malloy (District 29) and J. Thomas McElveen (District 35) and Rep. William Wheeler, III (District 50); the S.C. Office of Rural Health; and the S.C. Parks & Recreation Development Fund. 

The playground and outdoor learning space includes a walking trail, community garden and a pavilion/farmer’s market to be used by students and the community at large. The goal is to foster a culture of increased literacy, parenting acumen, nutritional health and physical activity. As evidenced by the attendance, a byproduct of this endeavor has been enhanced collaboration opportunities with agencies that impact health and the academic achievement of students.