Local school introduces playground canopy shade to keep students cool

JOPLIN, Mo. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for the introduction of playground shade canopies at Irving Elementary.

Irving Parent-Teacher Offices say they worked for nearly two years to help raise funds for the project.

Sponsors included:

  • Arvest Foundation
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Hometown Pediatrics
  • Walmart
  • Community Donors

“About two years ago our amazing PTO surveyed our staff and teachers and that was a large ask from them,” said Jordan Adkins, Principal at Irving Elementary. “It seems we agreed that it would be nice to have some shade for the kids as well as them.”>

In addition to the sponsors, school officials say an anonymous partner offered to donate the full installation cost of the canopies. This saved an additional $12,000 for the school.