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Unused playground finds new home at school in Reading

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 14 2014 04:42:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 14 2014 05:21:21 PM CDT

A basketball court and a broken swing set are all that existed at 10th & Green Elementary School in Reading.

READING, Pa. -

A basketball court and a broken swing set are all that existed at 10th & Green Elementary School in Reading.

That is, until the school partnered with Wood-to-Wonderful to move the existing playground at Thomas Ford Elementary over to 10th & Green.

"We are very very excited. I have been in the Reading School District for 16 years and I taught at 10th & Green Elementary for 10. For all of that time, we did not have a playground," said Wanda Crespo, principal, 10th & Green.

But moving the structure came at a cost. Students and staff had to raise $6,000 to help fund the project through dress-down days, a penny drive and pretzel sales.

Crespo said it would not have happened without the help from people at Wood-to-Wonderful, which originally brought the play set to Thomas Ford and thought to move it when the school closed two years ago.

"We are really excited. We are grateful and appreciate the efforts of the folks who have helped in this project," said Crespo.

Crews have already moved over the existing playground. They still have to finish installation this week, but kids said they cannot wait to play on it.

"I am happy," said student Isabel Martinez.

"I cannot believe we are getting a new playground for our school," said Carlos Ruiz.

Parents said it will be a great asset to the community.

"They need a little bit more help around here, especially the kids. Keep them out of the streets and keep them out of trouble," said Harry Melendez.