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Preschoolers Enjoy New Playground Thanks to ODEC

Preschool students at M.M. Pierce Elementary School now play in a brand new setting, thanks to a generous donation from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC).  Preschoolers, school staff and ODEC employees enjoyed the playground’s grand opening on April 22.

The renovated courtyard echoed with shouts of excitement as the students caught their first glimpses of the transformed play zone, now filled with an array of mobile and stationary toys and play equipment. Suddenly, each child was faced with a tough decision to make – Should I climb the rock wall, drive the cars, slide down the slide, or build in the sandbox?

Principal Laura Hoover described the renovation process as a smooth and quick, thanks to the coordination by ODEC.  The process began in early March with the preschool instructional team - Robyn Hayzlett, Loretta Higgins, Kristin Stribling and Cathy Treuting - creating a wish list. Once the initial list was vetted, ODEC took care of every detail – from purchasing to installing.   “They did it all – it was like Christmas!  We are so fortunate to have ODEC as our community partner,” Hoover said.

ODEC employees assembled and installed the new play equipment while students were out of school for spring break.  

Ross Beaver, ODEC plant manager, and several other ODEC employees were present for the playground’s big reveal.  “I was very happy and excited to see the joy on those children’s faces. Watching them run around, giggling made it worth every second that we spent getting this together”, said Beaver.  “One of ODEC’s goals is to support our local community, so being able to help M. M. Pierce in such a small way and to make such a big difference in the lives of children is a pleasure.”

Pierce Elementary School would like to thank the following ODEC employees for their contributions: Randy Brown, mechanic; Jon Borowczyk, I&C technician; Ross Beaver, plant manager; Jenny Barbare, administrative assistant; Phil Palmisano, O & M manager; and Dan Liggett and Dave Jacobus, operator mechanics. Special thanks also to Josh Johnston, area building manager, for his hard work on this project.

Headquartered in Glen Allen, ODEC provides reliable, cost-effective, environmentally balanced, wholesale electric services to 11 member distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  ODEC, a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative, owns and operates the Marsh Run Power Station in Fauquier County.