Elizabeth Shelton School makes progress on security, playground upgrade

The security equipment donated by the Palmieri family has been installed at Elizabeth Shelton Elementary School.

This includes two cameras, a DVR and a monitor. This equipment is separate from security camera work being done by the Board of Education (BOE).

Andrea and Al Palmieri, who have two children in the school, decided to make the gesture in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012.

Al Palmieri, who works in the security and fire systems field, also donated the labor to install the system. The project was assisted by the donation of an electrical outlet in the school’s main office by Shelton-based Nelson Electric.

The BOE voted to formally accept the donated equipment and labor.

Playground upgrade

Progress also is being made on plans to improve the Elizabeth Shelton School playground by the school’s PTO.

The playground is in need of repairs. Issues to be addressed include swings, benches, a shade house, drainage and landscaping. A goal is to add a playscape geared toward the youngest students.

The PTO is working to raise $50,000 for playground project, and is more than halfway to that goal, Andrea Palmieri said.

Money is being raised through a buy-a-decorative-brick campaign, chocolate sales, and direct corporate and community outreach.

The school’s PTO is seeking the assistance of people in the community who could donate time and skills to do “a community build” for the playground; contact Andrea Palmieri at aa@thepalmieris.net.

People — including Elizabeth Shelton parents, alumni and others — also can get involved by making a monetary donation or buying a brick. Bricks will be engraved with a message by the donor; they can be ordered at www.polarengraving.com/ESS.