SULPHUR SPRINGS - A strong push by community members has propelled Sulphur Springs ISD to a top finish in a grant competition for new playground equipment.
The more than 100,000 votes cast through the Clorox Power a Bright Future campaign withstood tests from hundreds of other schools fighting for the grant.
A $25,000 grant will now go toward the installation of playground equipment for 3rd and 4th grade students, who will soon move into the old Middle School building. The facility has served as either a high school or middle school for 52 years.
The much-needed funds come after Sulphur Springs ISD lost more than $1.7 million in state funding for the current school year.
The Clorox Power a Bright Future campaign awarded four $25,000 grants and one $50,000 grant to help fund important programs in schools that are vital for educational development.
More information is available at http://www.powerabrightfuture.com/.
Update - Monday, January 23:
KETR had erroneously reported last week that Sulphur Springs ISD had received a $50,000 grant toward new playground equipment, based on information through the Clorox Power a Bright Future campaign website. According to the district, the actual amount to be funded to them is $25,000. The above content has been edited to reflect the new figure.