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SRU spearheads fundraiser for playground



Published: Sat, October 7, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University is playing a lead role in raising money to build a playground at the I Care Community Garden on New Castle's East Side.

Nina Persi, a communication instructor at Slippery Rock, said a campus and community collection drive seeks to raise $40,000 for the project.

The plan is to get 200 volunteers in place to construct the playground in just one day -- Oct. 28, national Make A Difference Day.

She is a member of the I Care House board of directors.

Buckets to collect monetary donations are being placed in campus offices and at local businesses. Project advocates are also seeking corporate contributions of $500 or more.

Persi said individuals and groups can also contribute in another way by sponsoring the cost of particular pieces of playground equipment. Donors will be recognized by having their names placed on that equipment.

The playground, to be built at Court and Pine streets in New Castle, will include a jungle gym, sliding board, tot lot, climbing wall, swing set and benches.

Robert Smith, Slippery Rock president, has endorsed the project.

I Care House, started in 2004, provides educational and life skills services to children and adults.




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