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Principal Jay Warren suggested Tuesday that a community-built playground for School 5 on Brigham Road be considered for funding under the 1997 Community Development Block Grant, expected to total $715,000.

Warren and three people attended a public hearing held by the city Department of Development.

Moose Lodge 89, the Rotary Club, the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association and the school's parent organization are partners in the project to build a Robert Leathers Creative Playground at the school. The group is looking for some extra funding to help.

"The community should be involved and feel ownership of the playground," Warren said.

He noted that 68 percent of the students in the kindergarten through fifth grade school qualify as being in "poverty." One criterion for funding projects under the block grant is that low- and moderate-income people are benefited.

Groups interested in proposing projects for funding should have them to the development department within a week, said Patrick Wawro, assistant director of development. City officials will review the projects and draw up a list of priorities.

A second public hearing will be held Nov. 8 with the list of projects proposed for submission to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

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