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Volunteers sought for playground installations

Staff writer

Marion Elementary is looking for at least 15 volunteers for each of three workdays to save $10,000 in installation cost of new playground equipment.

“We’re looking for people who are generally in good physical condition,” fundraising organizer Valerie Wasmuth of the school’s Parent Advisory Council said. “They don’t all have to be heavy lifters or need any particular skill. We’d just like to find people who really want to help.”

Workers must be at least 18 years old and will have to sign a liability waver. They will work under the direction of installation professionals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 through 8.

“They said it’s going to be like building a big Erector set,” Wasmuth said.

The Parent Advisory Council also is looking for volunteers to donate food and make meals for a continental breakfast bar, lunch, snacks, and water that will be provided free to workers.

A new zero-gravity swing and some seats on a new merry-go-round will have safety harnesses to secure children unable to hold on to the equipment themselves.

“We were able to get additional grant money for several disability-inclusive pieces,” Wasmuth said.

Also to be installed are outdoor musical instruments, including four weather-resistant drums and two large xylophone-like apparatuses.

More information about volunteering is available at (785) 313-1711, and the elementary school office.

Last modified March 2, 2017