RANTOUL — Pleasant Acres Elementary celebrated its new playground equipment for its pre-k students with music and popsicles.

Teachers Lucy Hall and Shanisha Bond directed their young charges in a short musical program, and then children were invited to sweet treats and play on the new equipment.

Owen Carter on the playground

Pre-k student Owen Carter, at his young age, is already a multitasker. He can eat a popsicle while also sliding. The youngster was among the students who attended a Popsicles on the Playground event at Pleasant Acres Elementary on Thursday

All of the pre-k students — 165 of them — are now taught at Pleasant Acres. A new playground was recently built, and the children and their families were invited for Popsicles on the Playground.

Amy Harden, pre-k director, said grant money and volunteer help, which included parents, people who worked for the program and community members, erected the playground equipment during the summer.

Hayden said pre-k students were previously served in various schools in the district. They attend half-day classes with morning and afternoon groups.