First of all, we would like to thank the community for all the support we have received to date.

The Perry Elementary Playground is quickly changing from our dream to an educational and recreational reality.

Now, we need to once again ask for your help.

In order to balance the Perry Elementary Playground budget, we selected a cost saving method of construction called a community build.

A community build means we will provide the labor, installation materials, tools and equipment. With guidance from a certified playground inspector we will be doing many tasks. Examples are unloading the equipment, staking out, digging and leveling footers. We will also assemble equipment, pour concrete footers, spread stone and clean up after we are done. Here is how you can help.

Most importantly, we need volunteers. We will need in excess of fifty volunteers. Volunteers will serve on one of several teams. Each team will need a leader with some construction experience. Leaders may recruit their own teams if desired. Equally, we will place individual volunteers and leaders together to create teams.

Next, we need tools and equipment. We need a front end loader and operator to unload equipment. We need hand tools, shovels, digging bars and wheelbarrows. We also need a vibrating plate.

Lastly, we need installation materials. We need approximately 146 tons of 2B stone. We also need approximately 267 bags of concrete.

The playground community build is currently scheduled to start the week of Monday, July 21, with the unloading of the equipment and some footer layout tasks performed by one team. Throughout the week digging and leveling of footings will be completed. Friday, July 25, will include some pre-assembly. The majority of the build will occur on Saturday, July 26.

If you believe you can offer us any assistance, please notify Dr. Gravish at or Cheryl Bucheit at

Please keep reading The Hamburg Area Item for more details.

Sincerely,The Perry PTO Playground Committee

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