'I actually go on the playground and I haven't done that in a while'

'I actually go on the playground and I haven't done that in a while' »Play Video
Why are these Ocean Crest kids so happy? The new playground right beside them is a big reason.

BANDON, Ore. -- To a lot of kids, the best part about school is recess.

Students at Ocean Crest Elementary in Bandon have been working hard to make theirs a whole lot better.

As soon as that recess bell rings, Ocean Crest students are out the door, now running to their brand new playground.

They have been waiting for it a long time, three years to be exact.

Zachary Lester, a 4th grader at the school, says he's pretty happy to have a second option. "Usually, I would just go to the field and maybe play some sports and stuff, but now I actually go on the playground and I haven't done that in a while," he said.

The old playground was made of wood, it was outdated and wearing down.

Through an annual Jog-A-Thon, students were able to raise $30,000 to get a new playground.

One other feature that's pretty cool: it's open to the community.

Along with being fun, much of the new equipment was chosen for fitness. "So, we got climbing equipment, which we didn't have before, several climbing walls and lots of ways to get that upper body strength," said Ocean Crest Principal Elizabeth Olive.

When the recess bell rang on Wednesday, the determined students jogged their way to the new playground.

Officials at the school are pleased that they will be able to keep racing toward it when that bell rings for many years to come.