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Kyrene De La Paloma Elementary School dedicated a new on-site park to their late principal

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 20:08:17-05

CHANDLER, AZ — The Janet Tobias Harmony Park, which is located on-site at Kyrene De La Paloma Elementary School in Chandler, is officially open for students to enjoy.

It consists of weather-resistant instruments, including harps and xylophones, that produce a concert quality sound on the playground.

“They’re perfect for Arizona. They’re supposed to last many, many years,” said Principal Stephanie Leake.

The project was the vision for Leake’s predecessor, Janet Tobias.

Sadly, Tobias died suddenly late last year before she could see the park in its current form, but her love of music and children will live on.

Her mantra “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork” is inscribed on a podium in front of the park.

Hundreds gathered to remember the late principal and her lasting impacts on the school and the community of Chandler.

"She sat on Chandler Center for The Arts Board of Directors. Music was her life and her inspiration. That inspiration continues to live on everyday here in Chandler," said Terri Kimble, President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.