We here at The Island just want to give a shout out to parents at Paden School, who worked for four years to raise the money for this brand spankin’ new play structure. “Project manager” and incoming Paden PTA prexy Gwen Meyer said parents at the school started raising money when her daughter was in kindergarten to replace the structure, which was becoming dangerous for the kids. Parents had a successful fundraising and grant-writing drive last year, earning $12,000 with a silent auction and $8,000 with a raffle and pulling in grants from Lowe’s, the Kiwanis and others. All told, they raised $51,000 to finally purchase it this year. This past weekend, a group of about 15 parents (and a group of eager-to-play kid testers) gathered at Paden to put the structure together. Meyer says the school district will kick in for rubber safety matting underneath. Meyer’s daughter is entering fourth grade now, so she’ll have two years to enjoy it before middle school. “I think it’s a real testament to the Paden community, who stuck with it,” Meyer said. Here’s some photos of the (nearly) finished product.