Downtown elementary school receives new playground

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A downtown elementary school has received a facelift. Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School has a brand new playground, all thanks to local donors.  

The playground at Hollingsworth Elementary used to be concrete and dirt, until they received a donation from a local surgeon.  

Dr. Steven Thomas teamed up with landscaping company PAR-3 to build the new playground, complete with garden beds, a running track, and musical instruments. 

The Las Vegas Rotary Club, the Greater Good Council, and other donors also contributed.  

The contributions allowed principal, Katie Decker, to redo the playground, receive tech equipment, and transform the inside of the school with bright hallways.

Hollingsworth is a Title One school, meaning most of the students come from low-income families.  Decker says the new playground is crucial to the students educational and social development. 

"It's huge for these kids because a lot of our kids live in apartment complexes or we actually have a high homeless population here," says Decker.  

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