$7,500 donated to Lincoln Heights field turf project

The fundraising campaign to install artificial turf on the playground at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Scottsbluff is underway after three area businesses donated $7,500 toward the project.

Dr. Sami Webb with Webb Orthodontics and Dr. Jason Webb with Webb Eye Care were on hand to present a $5,000 check from their businesses, along with a check from The Steel Grill Tuesday.

"We are so happy to help invest in the kids and be a part of something that will be around for a long time to come," Dr. Sami Webb said. "We want to give back to make this a better place for the kids in the area."

The $7,500 in donations will be used to jump start the $55,000 private fund raising campaign for the artificial turf project for the Lincoln Heights Playground. The Lincoln Heights PTO is spearheading the privately-funded effort to replace a portion of the playground with artificial turf that has been reseeded for the last several years and has not sustained grass growth.

"Lincoln Heights students and the neighborhood are in need of a grass field to run and play on," Lincoln Heights Elementary Principal Jodi Benson said. "We are not able to successfully grow grass in this small area. If it snows or rains, the field becomes a large mud field and our students are not able to play in this area."

This project will allow students to utilize the facility for physical education and recess times, which is unusable portions of the year due to muddy conditions and risk for injury.

If you are interested in making a donation to the project, please contact Jodi Benson at Lincoln Heights Elementary School at 635-6252.

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