A little rain didn’t stop Bennettsville Intermediate School students from playing Wednesday.
A playground ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring school and Marlboro County District personnel, along with elected officials, public safety officials and community members was held at BIS.
Other ceremonies were held at Bennettsville Primary, McColl Elementary Middle and Blenheim Middle School of Discovery also on Wednesday.
BIS Principal Crystal Hewitt Halma thanked those in attendance and everyone who voted for the last year’s bond referendum to give them a new playground.
“I appreciate you wanting better for our students just as we do,” she said.
She also shared how excited students were for the new playground.
Halma noted the playground was not only a beautiful feature for the school but others to use as well.
“The playground is just the beginning,” she said. “We look forward to the continued revitalization of our school and the amenities that will continue to be brought to the community as well.”
Rep. Patricia Henegan provided the invocation.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said the playground was the work of togetherness.
McCord emphasized the importance of the community using the playground.
“We want families to come out and enjoy this school,” he said.
In the next few months, demolition will take place for some of the buildings at BIS along with construction of a new cafeteria and the renovation of the auditorium.
Board of Education Secretary Janice Bright said she has received calls from the community about the new playground.
She admitted to being a little skeptical when McCord talked about plans for BIS.
“We are doing what’s best for the kids,” she said. “Today, we have a new playground for you guys to enjoy. We are excited for you.”
Board Chairman Larry McNeil said it was all about the students.
“We are sometimes in the way of our children,” he said. “We need to step up a little bit.”