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OKLAHOMA CITY – The more than 220 students who attend Gatewood Elementary School do not have a suitable playground within a square mile of their school; but that could soon change as Gatewood Elementary and representatives from the Plaza District work to raise funds for a new play space for students and the community.

“It’s heartbreaking when my students come and tell me that they wish they had a playground or a better area to run around when they are outside. We tell our students that physical activity is important and now we have to show them how important it is by providing them with a play space that is safe and available for not only my students but all the families who live near the school,” said Leah Anderson, Principal, Gatewood Elementary School.

The Gatewood Elementary School Community Advisory Board and representatives from the Plaza District are working to raise $8,500 to help secure a running track, physical fitness equipment and playground for students at Gatewood and the surrounding inner-city community. The planned play space will be open for all residents to enjoy outside of school hours.

The school will host the “Gatewood Gator” 5K and 1 mile fun run on April 12, 2014 with proceeds benefitting the Gatewood playground. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile fun run; the school is collecting registration fees and donations now through Friday March 28th.

If you are interested in making a cash or check donation, please stop by the school located at 1821 NW 21st Street on Thursday March 6th from 4pm-6pm, during regular school hours on Friday March 7 and on Saturday March 8 from 9am to noon.

The school staff will be on hand registering runners and accepting donations. All checks must be made out to Foundation for OKCPS and mention “Gatewood” in the memo line.