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August 22, 2014, 11:33 pm

Houston Playground in need of volunteers

Henry H. Houston Elementary School, located at 7300 Rural Lane (corner of Rural and Allens Lanes), is not only proud of the great teachers and teaching curriculum it gives its students, but the ability to gather more than 1,000 teachers, parents, neighbors and students together to build the Houston playground; this is something that the whole school deserves to be proud about.

In Oct. 2002, the Henry H. Houston playground, also known as the Kid’s Kingdom Playground, has been available for more than 500 students at the elementary school, providing them a chance to play, stay active and explore their imaginations.

Recently, Friends of the Houston Playground, led by Marie France Cyr, president and treasurer, explains what the group’s goals.

“We need funding to purchase new, engineered wood chips to replenish the groundcover of the playground,” she said. “Then we need volunteers to spread it around. We also need funding to replace some rusted equipment such as the chains for the swings.”

To help out with the extended project, Cyr states that the group is currently looking for new members to join and assist with acquiring resources and setting the foundation for the students’ playground.

“We are looking for new folks ASAP,” she said. “The best way to contact us is via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”

Friends of the Houston Playground is hoping to put these changes into effect immediately.

“We are hoping to revive the group as soon as possible,” Cyr said. “There will be a community service day on Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Day, so all volunteers are welcomed on that day as well. This is an all-day event.”

Cyr stated the city will not take care of any of the maintenance; therefore the Friends of the Houston Playground group was created. This group is solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the playground, while allowing others to join in and make their community a better place for the children.

“This is an ongoing project to continue to maintain and improve the playground and to build awareness of it to the broader community as it is a valuable asset to the entire neighborhood,” Cyr said.

To learn more about the Houston Playground, or how to contribute towards the Friends of the Houston Playground group, donations can be sent to the group’s official address, 6703 Germantown Avenue.