Balloons, an ice cream truck, Casey’s pizza and a new playground – what a perfect evening!  Last night Runnells Elementary held its playground dedication with the help of our community leaders. Again, a huge thank you to Polk County, Casey’s and Southeast Polk Education Foundation!  Their donations/grants along with money from the SEP PPEL fund provided the majority of the funding for a brand new Runnells Elementary playground, including a specially designed walking track that feels like you are walking on pillows!

Runnells PTA worked with SEP School Board Member Ric Powell and President of SEP Education Foundation Maggie Crabb to gather the funds needed. Tom Hockensmith, Polk County Supervisor 4th district, shared that their grant is made possible by Prairie Meadows (thank you!) and commended Ric on his persistence in making this happen for the students of our district. Their grant to Runnells Elementary is the largest amount ever given to a school. Wow!

“Our students are moving more now than ever!” exclaimed Mr. Nic (aka Principal Mike Nicodemus).

Check out the before and now difference!

March 2022IMG 2969 Now!