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Help Our Playgrounds needs volunteers to install new swings, slides, horizontal ladders and other equipment beginning next month at the four elementary schools in the Tonawanda City School District.

Pamela Peterman, the group's founder and a School Board trustee, said the organization also is asking supermarkets and restaurants to donate food and drinks for the workers, as well as businesses to supply the
necessary concrete.

Installation of the equipment, which is made of metal and molded plastic, is scheduled for the following weekends: Aug. 16-17 at Highland; Aug. 23-24 at Mullen; Sept. 20-21 at Fletcher; and Sept. 27-28 at Riverview.

Mrs. Peterman said the project will require about 30 workers at any given time. She said experience is not necessary, because the company that manufactures the equipment will provide a foreman to supervise the installation.

She also noted that the Boys and Girls Club of the Tonawandas will provide activities during a portion of each day for the children of volunteers or for any other youngsters present.

Individuals or businesses who want to donate their time or offer other assistance to the playground project are asked to contact Mrs. Peterman or the elementary school in their area.

Completion of the project will culminate the group's two-year effort to replace aging or non-existent play equipment at area schools. The group raised about $75,000 through various sales, events, grants and donations.

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