Chester-Upland School District School to Receive New Playground

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Keystone Mercy Health Plan to Present New Safe Playground at Toby Farms Elementary School During Groundbreaking Ceremony

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medical Assistance managed care organization in Pennsylvania, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, for the construction of a new, safe playground at Toby Farms Elementary School. Even as other schools in the Chester-Upland District received new playground equipment over the past year, District financial limitations prevented the Toby Farms School from receiving a modern playground upgrade. Toby Farms, a school that has over 600 elementary school students has not had its playground facilities upgraded in recent memory. The proposed, new playground is part of Keystone Mercy Health Plan's Safe Playground Program, which is designed to create safe environments, in which children can participate in healthy physical activity.

This is the seventh playground built by Keystone Mercy since the inception of its program in 2007. The playground will be built in one day, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, by more than 25 Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Wachovia Bank and community volunteers.

Monday, October 19, 2009
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Toby Farms Elementary School
201 Bridgewater Road
Chester Township, PA 19015


  •     Anne Morrissey, president, Pennsylvania Managed Care, Keystone Mercy Health Plan
  •     Hon. Thaddeus Kirkland, state representative, Delaware County
  •     Dr. Gregory Thornton, superintendent, Chester-Upland School District
  •     Patricia Parente Sofia, principal, Toby Farms Elementary School
  •     Maria Pajil Battle, senior vice president, Public Affairs and Marketing, Keystone Mercy Health Plan
  •     Stephanie Wall, senior vice president, Community Relations, Wachovia Bank
  •     Michelle Lewis, legislative liaison, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi's office, Chester and Delaware County

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