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Parents Raise Money and Build Playground

Posted at: 10/19/2012 6:32 PM
Updated at: 10/19/2012 6:40 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- With tight school budgets often time improvement projects like playgrounds get over looked. But at one Rochester school a group of parents took that matter into their own hands.  

Parents of students at Rochester Central Lutheran School found a way to not only pay for a new playground, but build one themselves.

Christie Altwell is just one of those parents that stepped up to help replace the schools aging playground.

"I'm just in awe to see it happen and all the hard work that went into it, I'm just thrilled."--Atwell.

The group even volunteered to build it themselves to save money.

"We were able to raise the money and just get it done," said Atwell.

They knew the school didn't have the money for it, but at the same time believed the kids needed a new one sooner than later.

"It's important for them to learn, but also the physical activity and the time to be a kid," said Atwell.

Assistant principal Corey Nelson was shocked at how fast the parents were able to do it.

"I said great so what are we thinking like maybe March or April, and she said October, and I was like are you kidding," said Nelson.

It took them less than 3 months to raise all 45 thousand dollars needed.

"Without parent involvement this would not be possible, we want our school to be a place where kids love to be and a playground is a part of that," said Nelson.

So how many parents does it take to build a playground? They had more than a dozen volunteers, and it took just 16 parents to fund it.

"Our school is like a big family and everyone really does rally together in times of need, and this was a testament to that," said Atwell.

While this group of parents may not be playground construction experts, they got their hands dirty knowing their work will provide fun to so many kids in the community.

"People are really excited about this, obviously all our kids are going benefit from this and the kids in the neighborhood as well, it'll be a nice place to play," said Altwell.

On Monday they are planning to hold a dedication ceremony for the new playground.