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Fifth grade teacher Meghan Lee jumps for joy after receiving a grant from The Home Depot in Thomaston to improve the Pike County Elementary School playground. Volunteers are asked to help with playground improvements starting at 8 a.m. Friday, July 15.

Help with playground upgrade Friday, July 15

Fifth grade teacher Meghan Lee decided to raise funds and get the community to help restore one of the two playgrounds at Pike County Elementary School this summer for students to enjoy when school starts back Aug. 9. 

A playground work day has been set for Friday, July 15 starting at 8 a.m. with complimentary breakfast, snacks, drinks and a Chick-Fil-A lunch provided. If necessary, the project will be completed Saturday, July 16. 

“With support from all of you and our amazing community, we have raised the funds to start the playground renovation. Now, we need your help to complete this project! Let’s work together to accomplish something so meaningful for our students and staff,” she said. 

To donate, find PCES Playground Project on ( She also got a grant from The Home Depot in Thomaston to provide some of the items needed. 

“Students race to the playground each day to grab a swing, play Gaga ball, play kickball, talk with friends, draw or find interest in other activities around the playground. I take my students to this back playground each day and feel it can be more than it is. Recess is essential to every student and should be enjoyable for everyone, no matter their activities,” she said. “With the community’s help, the school will be able to purchase many items to give this playground the ‘lift’ it deserves!”

Items to improve the playground include four new coated benches (in red and black) from TreeTopProducts, a new tetherball and rope from Amazon, 100 bags of black recycled rubber mulch from Home Depot, a portable 46-inch black commercial round picnic table, paint to refresh the playground’s basketball court and recess equipment and grass seed. 

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