NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Currently, performances at Lenape Elementary School in New Paltz are held in the school cafeteria. But Duzine/Lenape PTA members want to change that.
They are working to raise money to build an amphitheater, which is an open-air venue used for entertainment, at the school. It’s something sixth grader and former Lenape student Sadie Spring would like to see happen.
"I know a lot of kids in the school love theater. And they're really good actors, and to have an amphitheater it would be amazing," she said.
Building the theater would cost $150,000. So far, the PTA has raised about $35,000, and one row is built. The goal is to have an amphitheater that can fit about 500 people.
“Four or five more additional benches,” said chairwoman Jenn Voorhis. “In between each bench will be a row of tribute brick pavers.”
Once the theater is built, schools in other districts would be able to use it for free, and not-for-profits could rent it out at an affordable price.
“The whole purpose is to make sure that the school district is the hub of our community,” said New Paltz Central School District Superintendent Maria Rice.
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