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A three-year effort to expand the playground at Hillview Elementary School in Lancaster will be partially realized in about a month with the installation of a new swing set, monkey bars and other equipment.

But members of the school's playground committee and Parent-Teacher Organization executive board also have a $43,000 wish list that includes $5,000 for a shelter, $1,500 for benches, $1,200 for a basketball court and $35,000 for replacing
existing equipment.

Debbie Braun, a member of the PTO board, said the groups raised more than $14,000 from two major projects, but spent more than $6,000 on the equipment purchased to date. "At this point, any financial support we receive would be much
appreciated," she said.

In a recent update to the Lancaster School Board, Mrs. Braun reported donations of $7,375 from the sale of engraved bricks for a walkway through the playground. Another $7,000 was raised through a Tops tape saver project.

She noted that the Town of Lancaster will provide free equipment installation, and the school district will donate wood chips to be used as ground
cover in the play area.

According to Mrs. Braun, the playground project began with an idea for a shelter "and then expanded to much more." She said teachers would use the proposed shelter as an outdoor classroom.

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