by Lisa Tome
Four months from now, Cecilton Elementary School will be a safer place.
Just in time for the next school year, Cecilton will have a parent drop off loop at the school.
The process for getting grant funds for this project started more than a year ago. Cecilton principal Paula Webster explained that the loop is much needed. The school has a large number of walkers. About 50 of the students live nearly a mile from the school in the Frisby's Meadows subdivision. Due to the distance and in times of inclement weather, parents bring those students to school.
The car loop is being installed at the rear of the school near the cafeteria doors.
"We will have a smoother, safer arrival and dismissal," said Webster.
She said that the project components which were key were commitments from the school PTO and Cecilton Lions Club. In order to qualify for the $3,800 grant, the school had to have a community match of funding and/or volunteers to bring the loop to fruition.
"This project is another demonstration of the high level of commitment that the Cecilton community provides to our school and otherwise would not be possible," said Webster. "The community wraps around the school, embraces it and loves it."
The project is set to begin on June 24. The work will be completed before students return to school for the 2014-15 school year.