Kids help build playground in Manchester - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Kids help build playground in Manchester

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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

A two-year effort by parents and elementary students in Manchester is starting to pay off. After getting the help and materials needed, a new playground was built on Saturday. 

Kids, parents and volunteers at Waddell Elementary have been working for two years on project playground, an expansion of the play area at the school.

“Originally the overall goal was to build a brand new playground for the kids for them to play with it and love and for it to be for children with abilities,” PTA President Autumn Struk said.

More than $17,000 was raised, but plans changed a bit once a referendum passed that could mean a huge new playground. But that’s still at least three years away.

But the group still wanted to build the start of the improved playground, so they’re doing so with a little help from some professional builders.

 The students helped raise the money to get the materials needed for the playground and they're not standing by, they're helping put it in.

“We’re putting together structures and we are putting holes in cement,” Struk said.

Struk said parents are also forming a stronger bond as part of the school community and children are learning a valuable lesson as well.

“They need to know if they would hard enough they could reach their goal,” Struk said.

The playground was complete by the end of the day.

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