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Originally published: 2013-10-09 12:55:10
Last modified: 2013-10-09 13:04:13

Lees-McRae team trades softball bats for sledgehammers

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Thanks to the Lees-McRae softball team, Newland is one step closer to a new playground. On Oct. 2, members of the team came out to tear down the old wooden playground equipment to make way for new equipment, anticipated next spring. Sledgehammer met swing set and the girls demolished the park within a few hours. The picnic shelter and a newer swing set were not torn down.

The softball team helped out with the playground as part of their monthly service project, facilitated by Coach Merritt Yackey.

“We do five hours of service a month on a variety of projects. We will also do Healthy Halloween, a blood drive, work at Grandfather Mountain Home for Children and volunteer at the senior center,” Yackey said. “The whole idea behind it is that they do community service while they’re students, and when they’re off in the work world, they’re going to know what community service is and they’ll do it on their own."

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