CRANBERRY TWP — Dozens of Seneca Valley School District students were honored Thursday for their contributions to making the township a better place to live.
During a meeting of Cranberry Township supervisors, students who helped construct the new playground in North Boundary Park last month were given a certificate of appreciation and were thanked individually by supervisors.
The playground adjacent to the Community Waterpark was constructed by volunteers from local civic organizations and businesses, as well as public officials who were in town for a meeting of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
The organization partners with nonprofit entity KABOOM! to coordinate construction of similar playgrounds at the site of their conference each year, according to Rick Schuettler, executive director of the Municipal League. The Cranberry project is the eighth one completed.
The three-day project culminated with hundreds of volunteers on hand, working through torrential rains and mud to finish the playground on schedule.
On Thursday, Supervisor Mike Manipole, who also is a teacher in the district, told the assembled students their work is admirable. He said the impact their work and the playground will have will last for decades.
“The children's community starts with a playground,” he said. “It's where they meet their friends, it's where they build their community, it's where they build their trust system and their network.”
Manipole, who led teams of students during the project, said the project also allows the students to make their mark and have a stake in the community.
“It will be the place for kids to come for decades,” he said. “Not only did they build the memory of building a playground, they're going to build memories for children that they've never met before.”
Rebecca Hester, a teacher at Rowan Elementary School, thanked Manipole for his work, and the students for not letting the day's bad weather get them down.
“It was pouring down rain, and they had such huge smiles on their faces,” she said. “We had such a good time, and I attribute it all to Mr. Manipole.”
Also Thursday, supervisors voted unanimously in favor of an expansion project at Fresenius Kabi, a health care business located in the Thorn Hill Industrial park.
Earlier this year, the company was given approval for a 6,600 square foot expansion. However, company officials said they realized the need for even further expansion. They asked for approval to build a 12,250 square foot section as part of its light manufacturing operations on Commonwealth Drive, where medical devices are assembled.
The next meeting of the supervisors is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in council chambers.