School officials and volunteers dismantled and removed the kindergarten playground at Bordewich-Bray Elementary School on Tuesday to make room for new equipment.
"They're cutting down the monkey bars right now," said kindergartner Tristan Rutledge, 5. "I'm sad to see my monkey bars go."
Classmate Soren Cadwell put the loss into perspective.
"I'll miss the monkey bars, but I'm also excited," he said.
The school was awarded the $30,000 equipment grant through the national foundation Let Them Be Kids.
"This wouldn't be possible without the foundation," said Principal Valerie Dockery. "We're very grateful for that."
Two stipulations attached to the award …