Panther Run Receives Playground Sunshade

The students at Panther Run Elementary School will now be able to enjoy a newly shaded, sun-safe playground, thanks to the work of the school’s Parent Teacher Association, local businesses and the many parents who donated both time and money to fund the sunshade project.

PTA Vice President of Business Partnerships Amy Roberts and Principal Pamela Strachan led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school. Some of the school’s administration, along with members of the school’s PTA and their children, joined together to dedicate the sunshade to the school on Monday, Jan. 7.

“It’s amazing to see the project completed,” Roberts said. “It’s a great feeling to know that our community came together to fund this sunshade to protect our children from the sun and heat, and enhance their outdoor playtime so they remain active. The many hours we donated to raise money and fund the project are all worth it.”

The school’s PTA has held fundraisers over the past three years, supported by local businesses and community members, to raise 100 percent of the money to fund the construction of the sunshade.

“Our PTA and parents have worked hard fundraising over the past few years,” PTA President Melodie Brockway said. “It’s great to have a permanent contribution like this to show what we can accomplish.”

“The sunshade is such a great addition to our school grounds,” Strachan said. “I can say that we are truly blessed by the families at Panther Run and the dedication of our parents and our community to improve our school.”

For more information business partnerships, contact Roberts at


ABOVE: Principal Pamela Strachan (second from right) with Assistant Principal Edilia De La Vega (right), PTA Parents and their children under the new playground sunshade.