March 25, 2009

Caledonia Girl Scouts make playground wish come true

A Girl Scout Troop's Thanksgiving wish for a new playground, published in a local newspaper, caught the attention of an Amway executive and resulted in a playground that will be built by volunteers from Amway, KaBOOM!, and Congress Elementary School June 19. Here's a snippet of the story - you can read the whole article here.

GRAND RAPIDS -- Joalis Dejesus liked to spend recess hanging upside down on the monkey bars at Grand Rapids' Congress Elementary School, but the play equipment isn't there any more.

Her third-grade classmate, Brittiny Nielsen, liked to spin on the school's tire swing, but that is gone now, too.

A lot of the playground equipment at the Grand Rapids school is old, needs repairs or doesn't work. But on June 19, volunteers will build a playground for the school, thanks to Caledonia Girl Scout Troop 1815 and a Thanksgiving Wish published in The Press' Thanksgiving edition.

"Congress is home to many of the city's homeless and sheltered children who have no other safe place to play, so good playground equipment is vital," wrote eighth-grader Hannah Melton in that wish for a new playground for the school.

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