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Wayback Wednesday: 2000 - Toilet Troubles
 

     It's been a long week for everyone at MSGL and it's only Wednesday. The roots of our beloved river birch tree, which shaded the sandbox for more than 10 years, finally overtook the sewage pipe coming from Building A. The tree was cut down, the sandbox was dug up, and the lovely pergola that Ron Stier designed and built to shade the children has been dismantled. This is the sight today as workers remove roots and begin to repair the pipe. As luck would have it, we received 3 inches of snow this morning so classes were cancelled.


It's not a pretty sight right now on the playground. (Photo by Tony Harvey)

 

Yesterday, we said goodbye to the river birch tree.


The river birch comes down, one limb at a time. (Photo by Lena Atkinson)

 

        But this is Wayback Wednesday and we have to go way back. So let's take a look back at how we got here. This is the sandbox under construction in 2001. The river birch was planted later that year. It probably seemed like a really good idea at the time.


2001 - Sandbox under construction.
 

     Two years later the children are enjoying the new sandbox. The birch tree is wrapped in black at top left.


2002


     Miss Sherry and friends enjoy the shade of the river birch and the pergola during summer camp in 2010.


2010
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     And here is a nice photo of the whole area from Summer, 2011.


2011

 

     Certainly one of the most popular areas in our outdoor classroom, the sandbox is going to be sorely missed until it can be reconstructed. But even as we lament this loss, it's good to remember that things could be worse. Back in September, 2007, this was the view outside of Building A.


2007 - Old toilets being removed during demolition of Building A.

 

     Take heart, friends. The water will soon be flowing in Building A and children will once again play in a shady sandbox. And Spring is only eight days away. Have the best possible Wednesday!

~ Heather

 







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