FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
Sept. 3, 2013
Odell Joins Gipson for Kent Playground Donation
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined New York State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) on the grounds of the Kent Elementary School on September 3, the first day of the 2013-14 school year, as he presented a check for $100,000 to KEPTO President Brittany Alvarez. The check was the culmination of a promise Sen. Gipson made to KES 4th grader Aiden Tobin after the youngster asked for his help in building the school’s Imagination Station II playground.
Odell thanked Sen. Gipson for securing the $100,000 grant through the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program. The money will be used to rebuild the former wooden structure that once stood between Kent Elementary and Primary Schools. The former structure was torn down in July of 2010.
“I can’t think of a better way to start the new school year than to have our Senator present a check large enough to insure that Imagination Station II gets built,” said Odell.
Odell praised Alvarez , the Carmel Rotary, Dot & Joe’s Deli, George Hartshorn Paving, and the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce who supported the effort as a Community Development Project as well as other members of the Kent community for their roles in making sure a new playground would be built for the children.
The Imagination Station II Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation run by parents, former students and community members seeking to make sure the popular playground rises once again. Sen. Gipson first learned of the need for a new playground when he met with Alvarez and members of the Imagination Station II at his district office. He was reminded about it again when he visited KES and Tobin personally requested that the Senator help build them a new playground.