SHU students stage see-saw-athon to fund Bridgeport playground


Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground at Six to Six Magnet School, from left, are Chris LaBelle, associate executive director, Cooperative Educational Services (CES); Kaitlyn Stanford; Arianna Narayan; Evan Pitkoff, executive director, C.E.S.; Connor Hartgraves; Emily Cordero; Anna Nelmes-Stoughton, principal of Six to Six Magnet School, C.E.S.; and Terri Sheehy, representative council member, C.E.S. (Mark F. Conrad photo)

Members of the Sacred Heart University community were on hand recently to celebrate the grand opening of the new playground at the Six to Six Magnet School in Bridgeport.

Sacred Heart University students Arianna Narayan, Zeta Tau Alpha; Kaitlyn Stanford, Zeta Tau Alpha; and Connor Hartgraves, Kappa Sigma, accompanied Student Life graduate assistant Emily Cordero to the festivities after raising more than $22,000 for the playground with two 24-hour see-saw-a-thon events.

“The staff, families and students at Six to Six Magnet School are so appreciative of all the hard work, dedication and commitment from the students at Greek Life at Sacred Heart University for helping make our new playground a reality,” said Chris LaBelle, associate executive director, Cooperative Educational Services. “On behalf of our school community and Cooperative Educational Services, I’d like to say thank you, and we hope for a long association,”

“After working very hard to raise money at two see-saw-a-thons, it was great to be there the day the playground opened and see the looks on the children’s faces and the way they stormed the playground as the ribbon was cut,” Stanford said. “It was rewarding to see the children filled with genuine happiness over something so simple and to know that SHU Greek Life had contributed to it.”

The old playground at the school had become worn and dangerous and required an overhaul costing over $196,000.

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