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It was a cool December day throughout Elmont and North Valley Stream; the hearts of students were warm and excited as the official ribbon-cutting of the new Alden Terrace School primary playground became official. Assemblyman Tom Alfano was able to help secure grant funding for the new playground and was invited to cut the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony. Student David Delva, president of Alden Terrace School student council, welcomed Alfano to the ceremony.

The new playground at Alden was welcomed with cheers and claps from students, community members, school board members and Elmont Superintendent of Schools Al Harper as Assemblyman Alfano and Alden Terrace School Principal Amy Buchanan cut the official ribbon with students.

The new playground came courtesy of a cooperative initiative by Assemblyman Alfano and the Elmont Union Free School District. At the ceremony were community residents, students, teachers, Mr. Harper, Elmont School Board President Frank Ragona and Trustee Pam Byer, Elmont School District Community Liaison Norma DeBartolo, Alden Manor Civic Association members John and Annette Sullivan and parents of students.

"What a great day for Alden Terrace School and all these children," said Assemblyman Alfano. "This playground was sorely needed at Alden Terrace and I'm so happy I was able to help with its construction costs. This was a great team effort with the district and my office and it was a complete success."

The new playground equipment has a special rubberized matting that is soft throughout all seasons to protect children from injuries. In addition, the equipment boasts slides, tic-tac-toe, climbing apparatus, a specialized action bridge and fun "tower."


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