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School embarks on penny drive for playground equipment

Updated: Saturday, March 9 2013, 01:22 PM EST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A playground at an elementary school in Nashville was lacking a distinct amount of fun, so the school decided to nickel and dime their way to an upgrade--literally.

The old playground had been on campus since the school opened in 1967.

The equipment was outdated and most of it had to be removed because it wasn't up to code.

To make matters worse, the pre-K through 4th school couldn't get funding to build a new one.

"It just was really sad watching the kids play just chasing each other," said Principal Dr. Robin Shumate. "That's all they had to play on."

So, the school started penny drives, nickel drives, dimes and even quarter drives.

The principal even took a pie to the face for donations.

Three years later, the kids were able to play on their new playgrounds built on pennies--$42,000 worth to be exact.

They haven't quit yet, either.

They're still raising money for a new swingset.School embarks on penny drive for playground equipment
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