Libertyville Cooperative preschoolers now have a new playground, thanks to a $2,000 grant and help from about 20 volunteers working outside of the nursery school Wednesday morning.
Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School's staff, members of the board of directors, community members and four volunteers from the Vernon Hills Home Depot worked to spread seven pallets of rubber mulch. They also placed a wooden perimeter around the playground next to Trinity Community Church in Libertyville.
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"We actually had so many volunteers that we finished early," preschool director Adrienne Johnson said.
Less than a month ago, the playground area was just a patch of grass. The nondenominational cooperative preschool housed in the church installed the playground equipment July 29. The school received a $2,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation on July 31 that Johnson said was used to buy the mulch.
"It's been wonderful ... to be able to work with other businesses to put together something that can be used by both the church and the preschool," she said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for sometime after a fence is erected around the playground next week.