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Playground volunteers sought

TICONDEROGA - Volunteers are needed to erect a new playground at Ticonderoga Elementary School.

The school Parent-Teacher Organization is looking for 100 people to assist in the project Saturday, Oct. 23. Staff from Parkitect, the company providing the playground equipment, will coordinate the project.

Interested people are asked to Email Michele Eicher at meicher@ticonderogak12.org

"The Ticonderoga PTO has been working for over five years with the community to fundraise to build a new playground," Eicher, project chairwoman, said. "Major fundraisers included Family Fun Day, Basket Raffles, a Spaghetti Dinner at the Olde Mill Cafe, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Bouncefest/Soccer Tournament and McTeacher's Night. Mc Donald's, Kiwanis and Wal-Mart have all generously granted us major funds. Many local businesses have generously donated and we are very grateful.

"Fundraising efforts continue with donations from dessert and sundae proceeds at Eddie's Restaurant, McDonald's and the Windchill Factory," she said. "Volunteers are needed to help with current fundraisers for the fall including a Bounce Fest on Oct. 16 from 9-2 and selling bags of cement."

The new playground equipment was chosen by the Ti Elementary students and a playground committee. The students "voted" with stickers on photos of various play equipment. Their top choices, with a Fort Ticonderoga theme, were incorporated into a design by Parkitect.

The new playground will be constructed near the district bus garage.

It includes climbers, swings, spinners and slides. The activities are designed for elementary and older children and parts are handicapped accessible.

"Plans are to leave the current playground equipment in place near the kindergarten for the youngest children, and to hopefully upgrade this area in the future," Eicher said. "Benches and a picnic table will be included. Our goals were to make it safe, fun, attractive, long lasting, and physically challenging for a wide range of abilities."

Child care will be provided on site for the children of volunteer families. Two shifts will be organized through the PTO and coordinated by Parkitect staff.

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer contact Eicher.

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