Students initiated the slide, along with their principal Gwen Morris, on Tuesday morning at the school while several of the project's sponsors looked on.
The first three students to take a slide were Eddie Thomask, Darian Strong and Cory Taylor. Their names were drawn from the school's Pat on the Back program. The students and their classmates got the first slides.
The project was the result of a survey taken by the PTO over two years ago.
"Everyone pitched in. The teachers told parents if they were buying Christmas gifts for them to make a donation to the slide campaign instead," said incoming PTO President Angela Harper. "They collected $800."
The students themselves collected over $750 during a summer coin drive called "Change Your Playground."
Students, their families and the entire community took part in fundraisers with Domino's Pizza, Kroger Cares Cards and Monical's Pizza.
Walmart donated $400, Melissa Lientz gave $500 and the United Way donated $1,500.
"It's a community playground really. Families on the north side of town gather here with their families. It gives them someplace safe to play. The south side has things at DePauw and Robe Ann Park. This playground is open and available to anyone who wants to use it," explained Harper.
A big thank you also goes out to Buzzi Unicem, Hanson Aggregates, Cash Concrete and Joe Spiker, who all donated labor and products to the project.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department brought a team of five inmates from the jail that spent two full days in the heat putting together the slide.
Other individuals also contributed to the project including many PTO families, Paul and Mike Holtkamp, Mike Schmeckebier and Rob Harper, who worked on the project every step of the way.
Total cost for the project was $12,000.
"It's worth every penny. Now the community has a playground on this side of town," added Ramey as the kids behind her cried in delight as they flew down three chutes.