SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The new playground equipment at James Caldwell School has taken another major step closer to being a reality.

This past Friday, on March 15, the teachers of Caldwell played the Springfield Fire and Police Department in a fundraising game at the Jonathan Dayton high school gymnasium.  The game, which is an annual fundraising event was used to raise money for the purchase of new playground equipment.

At the beginning of the event, the Springfield Fire Department Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) Local 57 presented a check for $2,500 toward the Caldwell School's new playground fundraiser. The check was presented to Caldwell PTA President Heather Krieger.

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For Krieger, the donation from the FMBA marks a major milestone in the playground renovation process.

“It’s the first sizable donation," Krieger said. "So it’s really the first big step towards fundraising efforts.”

In an interview with TAPinto, Kreiger explained that the current equipment is around 17 years old, and in dire need of replacement. Additionally, it was also built for a younger age range, making it less than ideal for the current group of third, fourth and fifth graders that call the school home.

Kreiger said that efforts to fundraise for new playground equipment are the capstone to what she sees as a project for the public good.

"For me, it’s the culmination of two years of being the [Caldwell] PTO president…[and] giving the community the opportunity to make a difference," she said. "It's not just for the school but something that people will utilize more widely.”

As of publishing, the GoFundMe campaign for the new playground equipment sits at $564 of the $55,000 goal, not counting the check which was received at the game.