by Lisa Tome
Those huge grant funded improvements to the Rising Sun Elementary School playground won't impact recess for students.
The school, in partnership with Ryan's Birthday Party Foundation, recently received QZAB (Quality Zone Academy Bonds) grant funding of $350,000. That funding will pay for new playground equipment which will be accessible to children of all abilities. This was the largest QZAB grant ever awarded in the state.
For her grandson Ryan's birthday party, Anita Casteel has planned a mixed of somber remembrance with good old fashioned fun.
The fun needs no explanation. The remembrance is because Ryan won't be there this year.
"Last year was his fifth birthday. This year he won't be here," said Casteel. "You have to keep moving forward and making it better."