North Vernon playground to open Thursday

North Vernon Elementary will be celebrating a new playground Thursday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the school, located at 810 West Walnut Street, and you are invited.

The school received a grant of more than $70,000 for the equipment from the Culturelle Kids Playground Project and KaBOOM. Officials with the Jennings County School Corporation and North Vernon credited local residents for making the grant possible, noting that the recipients of these grants were decided by online voting in a national poll.

School personnel said they were happy to get the grant, noting that much of the equipment on the playground had been there since it first opened more than 40 years ago.