Lincoln Elementary wins Schools Rule! contest

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MERRILLAN, Wis. (WEAU) -- In just a few months, outdoor play time is going to get a lot safer for students at a local school.

Lincoln Elementary has been chosen as our latest Schools Rule! contest winner. Monday students were awarded $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.

For many kids, recess is their favorite part of the school day.

But if you visit the playground at Lincoln Elementary in Merrillan, you may notice how close it is to Highway 95, and a set of train tracks.

"Well as you can see we have a high level of traffic and even with the train traffic it is a busy place," says Principal Brad Rogers.

"Accidents can happen, balls can roll out and the impulse in that situation is you want to run out and get it," adds 1st Grade teacher and parent Brianne Massman.

For years, getting a fence around the outdoor play area has been on Lincoln's list, but paying for it was a problem.

"This is something you try to get into your normal school budget and as we know school budgets are very tight," explains Rogers.

That's why a few Lincoln parents wrote to WEAU, asking for the school to win our Schools Rule! contest.

Monday Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig and WEAU's Nikki Junewicz were on hand to tell the kids they won!

The Box Tops money will cover $3,000 of the $4,500 estimate for the project.

The fence will run all around the playground, and it set to be installed in May.

To nominate your school in our monthly Schools Rule! contest, click on the link attached to this story.

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