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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - South Suburban

Volunteers draw praise for new playground

It was all in a day's work for volunteers in Eden on Sept. 10, when a group of about 75 parents, teachers and community members got together and built a new playground for Grover L. Priess Elementary School pupils.

"It was just amazing," Principal Loran Carter told the Eden School Board on Wednesday night. "In a couple of hours, it was up."

The project, which replaced a "very old" playground at the school, began about two years ago and was completely paid for by fund-raising efforts, including contributions from area businesses. Carter said the total cost was about $34,000.

"It was truly an amazing community effort," she said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the school, and the playground was dedicated to the memory of Noreen Armstrong, a former Grover L. Priess kindergarten teacher, Carter said.

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