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Fifth grade teacher Meghan Lee is organizing a playground renovation at the Pike County Elementary School. She got a grant from The Home Depot in Thomaston and the mulch company reduced prices for the 1,938 bags of mulch which will cover 600 square feet of the playground which is mostly used by fourth and fifth graders. The mulch will be spread and other projects completed with the community’s help and The Home Depot volunteers on Friday, July 15.

Volunteers needed for July 15 playground work day

Members of the community are asked help restore the playground at Pike County Elementary School starting at 8 a.m. Friday, July 15 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 or learn more, find PCES Playground Project on Gofundme.com (https://gofund.me/2d47ff7d).  The Home Depot in Thomaston has also given the school a grant to pay for 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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