Sunday, May 31, 2009


From: Eileen Collins, LES PTA Treasurer and Playground Project Chairperson

First, I want to thank all of you for making our playground build an exciting, wonderful, community build event. I believe that the final volunteer count was at 221. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of those who participated in planning the children's events, to the beautification team, to the build captains and construction volunteers, to the component teams to the post/deck teams to the outdoor classroom teams, to the food and safety teams, to the volunteer recruitment and management teams, to the concrete and borders teams, to the planning teams, to the City of Laurel (Mayor and City Council, Public Works and Parks and Rec) and Southern Management (Spruce Up Our Schools team), Lanham Construction, Legends Builders, Mike Collins, Modell's, Laurel VFD, Executive Electrolysis, PNC, Laurel School of Music, Patrons for Peace, Freedom Landscaping and Construction, Exec-U Lawn, Daycon, Lowe's, American Legion Post 60 and the Ladies' Auxiliary, Laurel Board of Trade, DF Foundation, Jim Rosapepe, Tom Dernoga, to the volunteers with no ties at all to Laurel Elementary School or even Laurel itself, and most especially to KaBOOM! and Stonyfield Farms for giving Laurel Elementary School the opportunity to complete this massive overhaul of our playgrounds. We were blessed with beautiful sunny skies to complete our tasks. The final group of about 6 volunteers left around 7 or 7:30. The playground is up except for the tetherball and one trash can (but only because we ran out of concrete for the second time). Some nuts and bolts have to be tightened and the mulching and borders need to be completed, the concrete has to dry as well as our inspection by the certified playground specialist. But it is DONE!

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