The Arleene Keller Playground greeted returning students, thanks to generous donations and support from the community. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to thank those who helped make this dream a reality. Operating out of the former St. Savior Parish School building, Linden Grove School now serves sixty-one students in grades kindergarten through eighth with autism and other related disorders.
After two years of planning, the playground is open thanks to the generosity of many. Being awarded a $15,000 grant from the Andrew Jergens Foundation and $10,000 grant from the Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, PNC Bank and Karen B. Wachs, Co-Trustees gave a great boost to fundraising efforts. Mr. and Mrs. Drew Horter, parents of a LGS student, also made a significant contribution that allowed for the purchase of 10 swings. Because of many other donations and a successful direct appeal during their Signature Event in March, Linden Grove was able to raise the $60,000 needed to complete the playground renovation project.
Community support was vital to the success of this endeavor. Deer Park Knights of Columbus lent a hand, many hands, to tear down and haul away the old playground. Parker Glotfelty, a senior from Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams resident, chose Linden Grove School for his Eagle Scout Project. He designed and built four benches for the playground area, perfect for socializing and relaxing.
The school decided to honor Arleene Keller, for whom the playground is named. Keller is a long time community leader and supporter of the school. She first became involved as the St. Savior Parish representative, then served as a substitute teacher and has remained a financial supporter. She said she is “amazed at what happens here – what they are able to accomplish.”
Linden Grove students and St. Savior Parishioners now have a safe new playground on which to play, grow, and learn.