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How many people does it take to build a playground?

Lots! A large group of volunteers including 18 members of the Tryon Kiwanis Club, many parents, teachers, and the principal (Mr. Williams) of Tryon Elementary School, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers, and several professionals braved the bitter cold in late December to prepare for and build a new playground for the school.

Three tractor-trailer loads of mulch was then spread under the playground equipment so that when the students returned on January 4, the new playground would be ready for them.

Organizers of the project were Joe Picone of the Kiwanis Club and Stacy Stechschulte, 5th grade teacher and parent at the school. It was a big group effort. Everyone involved was very excited to complete the work so that the students would have a place to have fun and outdoor exercise.