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George Washington Aims to Win $50 K Grant for Playgrounds

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- George Washington Elementary School parents have accelerated their fundraising campaign to replace the school’s two playgrounds this year by organizing a tag sale, planning a playground version of a walkathon and competing in a national grant contest sponsored by Clorox.

Kristine Holden, who is on George Washington’s Playground Committee, said acquiring the most votes and winning the $50,000 Power a Bright Future Grant would help the school reach its target playgrounds budget of $175,000.

“Fifteen years seems to be the magic number of life expectancy for playgrounds,” said Holden, who has a second grader and third grader at George Washington. “It definitely is beyond that kind of life expectancy. The equipment is outdated and occasionally there are parts that are broken. Certainly, it isn’t inclusive for people with disabilities and it’s really not that inspiring.

Voters who are 13 or older can support George Washington twice a day by voting once online and texting “clorox8589” to 44144 once. The contest concludes on Dec. 9, however, the playground committee has a few other fundraising events lined up to enhance their $15,000 playgrounds fund.

The Playground Committee has scheduled a walkathon inspired playground-a-thon involving indoor activities in the school’s gym for Dec. 3. The dozen parents on the committee will raffle off two tickets to the New York Jets’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 11.

George Washington families hope to raise enough money to replace one of the school’s small playgrounds within two years, and then begin fundraising for the second playground’s incarnation.

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