STUDENTS at the Budawang Public School are being given new opportunities as the school grounds are transformed by Ulladulla Lions Club members.
It started with a new shed for specially built tricycles, ensuring students and staff were not falling over trikes and equipment while trying to get items from the old and smaller shed.
The task began with laying a concrete slab last October, before putting up a large shed.
That was followed by the Lions building a new concrete path to the shed, so students could ride in and out, and walk safely without the risk of tripping.
The next stage was putting together play equipment after many pieces were piled up at the school.
Members explained there were no instructions and not even a drawing of what the playground would look like, so the Lions were flying blind for a while, not even sure if they had all the pieces.
Finally the playground, complete with three slides, was finished, leaving the Lions to wait just for some soft fall before opening up the playground to the students.
However the biggest part of the school renovation is still being built.
It is a large, looped concrete path outside the school grounds but between the school and the neighbouring road.
Allowing the students to ride their bikes and trikes in a safe and controlled atmosphere, the riding track had been proposed by school principal Sheryl Bruffey.
“The footpath has been Sheryl’s dream for some time,” said members of the Lions Club’s Tuesday men’s group known as the Dad’s Army.
When the track is finalised some Ulladulla High School students will be given the task of landscaping the area in the track’s centre.
A state government eco-schools grant has provided $2000 which will be used to buy plants from Garden Haven for the landscaping work, providing a safe and pleasant place for the Budawang students to exercise on their bikes and trikes.