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Volunteers Still Needed For Saturday “Community Build”

KSAL Staff - July 10, 2013 11:34 am

new playground

A Salina organization is in need of a little volunteer help this Saturday.

The Noon Network and Salina AM AMBUCS are ready to install the first fully integrated playground in the country at Coronado Elementary School. On Saturday the organizations will join efforts with 450 community volunteers to assemble this playground under the professional direction of Child’s Play, Inc. out of Dallas, TX.

According to the organization, volunteers are still needed to help at 8 am at Coronado Elementary School. No tools or experience are necessary.
Volunteers will have access to food and drink throughout the day thanks to Dignity Care Home, McDonalds, Pepsi, EVCO and US Foods. The school will be open as a reprieve from the heat.

The 150×70’ playground features a ramping system that allows children with ALL abilities to access 5 slide locations and multiple sensory stations for creative play from zero to 10 feet in the air. Their peers and caregivers will have opportunities for safe interactive play. The entire system is installed on a turf material that is conducive to wheelchairs, walkers and kids running.

In addition to the playground, USD 305 received a grant from the Sunflower Foundation to resurface a ¼ mile walking trail, with sensory activity stations at different points and has greatly improved the drainage under the playground.

The Salina Regional Health Center Community Health Investment Program is the lead donor of the project with a gift of $50,000. Many other local foundations and individuals have bridged the remaining gap. The total budget for the playground is estimated to cost $394,000 and AMBUCS is down to needing the final $50,000. There is a $10,000 grant available from the Coronado PTO and the Noon Network AMBUCS currently matching 50 cents to every dollar donated. Donors will be recognized on a permanent on-site sign. To leave a legacy for all children in Salina, checks can be written and mailed to 1648 S. Ohio, PMB 192, Salina KS 67401. AMBUCS is a 501(c) 3, so all gifts are tax deductible.

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