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Madison parent group raises money for climbing wall

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MASSENA - Students at Madison Elementary School will soon be climbing the walls - literally.

The Madison WHO Club, the school’s parent group, raised $7,700 to purchase an 8-foot by 40-foot climbing wall for the gymnasium. The donation was accepted this week by the Massena Central School Board of Education.

The purchase could not be made until the donation was accepted by board members, according to Madison Principal Alan C. Oliver, who said they wanted to make the purchase before the end of December to lock in this year’s prices.

“We will have that assembled for our physical education students,” Interim Superintendent William W. Crist told board members.

Mr. Oliver said the climbing wall goes 8 feet off the ground and features thick safety mats. It will be used by all students in physical education class.

“This wall will allow all students to engage in an activity which is very good exercise and very fun at the same time,” he said.

Mr. Crist said they have already checked with the district’s insurance company to ensure the wall would be in compliance with the provisions in their policy.

“I have talked with our insurance company. There are some provisions we have to abide by,” he said.

Mr. Oliver said that, with the $7,700 donation from the parent group, they have now donated a considerable sum of money to the school over the past two years.

“This gift represents a total of nearly $16,000 which has been donated to Madison in the last two years to benefit our students. Last year the parent group donated $8,500 for the purchase of Smart Boards for Madison,” he said.

Four classrooms at Madison Elementary School were equipped with the new Smart Boards thanks to the fundraising efforts by the parent group. Mr. Oliver had approached the group with a proposal to provide more technology for some of the classrooms, and the group was able to accommodate his request, selling Yankee Candles to raise the money.

The Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection for user input, such as scrolling and right mouse-click. It operates as part of a system that includes the interactive whiteboard, a computer, a projector and whiteboarding software.

The components are connected wirelessly or via USB or serial cables. A projector connected to the computer displays the desktop image on the interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard accepts touch input from a finger, pen or other solid object.

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