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Baggaley school principal seeks volunteers to build playground

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:39 p.m.

Baggaley Elementary School Principal Kim Hrezo invited Greater Latrobe school board members and the community to help build a primary playground for the school.

Volunteers are needed for the community build Aug. 7 at the school, 4080 Route 982, for the playground that will include adaptive equipment and “poured in place” rubber-like ground cover, Hrezo said at the board's meeting on Tuesday.

The playground cost $77,000 with $65,000 raised over years of fundraising through the Parent-Teacher Organization, including special events like read-a-thons and raffle nights, Hrezo said.

The school has received about $30,000 in donations and grants, including $18,000 from a donor on Tuesday, she said.

Hrezo said she withheld the name of the donor because she was not given permission to announce the source publicly.

Breakfast, refreshments and lunch will be provided to all volunteers at the build, planned to begin at 8 a.m. and carry on through about 2:30 p.m. with an anticipated 50 to 100 people, she said.

A rain or “carry-over” date has been scheduled for Aug. 8, if necessary.

The equipment to be installed will include bells, chimes and drum sensory equipment as well as a handicap-accessible swing and cottage for creative play.

After years of fundraising, this construction will be the culmination of many hours of hard work, said Marcilynn Modecki, former co-president of the Baggaley PTO.

“A lot of people said it would never happen, so I'm glad it's finally happening,” she said, adding her appreciation to all the families of students and community members who contributed.

Hrezo said the completion of the playground, which is phase one of the outdoor project at the elementary school, builds a foundation for phase two, which is planned to include a pavilion and butterfly garden.

In other business, the board approved a $15,000 annually renewable grant from Greater Latrobe Partners In Education Foundation.

After the meeting, foundation development director Jessica Golden said the grant is meant to cover any administrative costs of the foundation's work with the school district.

The board approved a $1,795 per year liability insurance policy for newly hired student resource officer Frank Tempo in a contract with Swett and Crawford.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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