New Playground in Bangor Dedicated to School Custodian 

Catherine Pegram

A newly remodeled playground in Bangor is dedicated to a man who’s dedicated his life to supporting kids. Students at Downeast Elementary School celebrated the opening of the Jeffrey L. Simpson playground today. It’s named in honor of the school’s former head custodian. Simpson was in charge of keeping the building well-maintained for 14 years.He no longer works at the school because of health issues. But he says he’s touched so many students still remember him and all the kids in the community have a nice, new place to play. “It’s exciting because it’s all about the kids. That’s the way I’ve always been, it’s all about the kids. You never cleaned a building for the teachers or for your boss, you clean it for the kids. It has to be clean for the kids in the morning time. That’s the way i’ve always believed.”The previous equipment had been used for more than 10 years and was showing a lot of wear and tear. Members of the Parent-Teacher Organization worked for months to get grant money from the city to replace the playground, which includes lots of slides, swings and even a rock climbing wall. There’s also a shaded area for picnics and other activities.