North Harlem Elementary School Students Return To Safer Playground

Photo of the playground at North Harlem Elementary School in Harlem, Georgia.
Photo of the playground at North Harlem Elementary School in Harlem, Georgia.

Harlem, GA (WJBF) – North Harlem Elementary School students are back on the playground after a tree uprooted and fell on three students. One of those 4th graders is still recovering in the hospital.

Monday, final clean-up took place after eight trees were removed, along with a broken swing set and a broken piece of concrete from the basketball court.

This cleanup work comes after three 4th graders were recently injured after a tree uprooted and slammed on top of them during 50 mile per hour winds.

Parents we spoke with say they now feel better letting their kids outside to play.

“I feel confident about everything. I feel she’s safe. We received a recorded message from the principal that they cut down the trees and cut down the other trees. And that they would be checking them quarterly. So, I feel safe knowing they’re watching out for the children,” said parent Dianne Buckwitz.

Friday, the school’s website will reportedly include a link to a survey for the school community regarding the status of the remaining trees on the playground.

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