Cloverdale Elementary plans for new playground

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Two teachers at Cloverdale Elementary School are determined to get their kids a new playground before the school year is over. But, they need the community’s help.

"It is very old, but it does bring back very fun memories,” said fifth grade student Jazmine Coit. She and her classmates grew up on that playground, and as much fun as it is, there is just one problem.

"It could use some renovations and new things because it's rusty and very old."

That's where Melanie Tolbert and Brianne Kent come in. They're on the school's "Positive Promotions Committee,” and this year’s goal is a new playground.

"They make the most of what they have, they are creative and have great imaginations,” said Kent. “They come out here and they don't complain about it either. They love coming outside and getting that free time to play."

So far, the school has raised around $4,000 toward the $50,000 goal. They're also working with Mayor Saliba to refurbish their swing set and build an outdoor classroom.

"The kids know we're working really hard to get them something new and exciting, because they deserve it,” Kent added.

The school has a long way to go, but Kent is confident her fifth graders will be swinging and sliding before they go to middle school.
The school will hold a 5-k April 14th to raise funds and are looking for sponsors and vendors.

There will be a kids color run from 8:30-9:30 AM and an adult 5-K from 9:30-11:00 AM. Children will be charged $10 and adults are charged $20.

If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Brianne Kent at (334) 790-1030 or You can also reach Melanie Tolbert at (334) 797-4604 or

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