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Virginia Tech’s Circle K International club plans to build a playground at Heritage Park this fall, but they need the public’s help in reaching their financial goal to do so.
The club has raised almost $8,000 for the playground, partially as a result of donations from the community. However, it still remains short of the $12,000 goal set to purchase the playground equipment members would like to install at the park.
Those wishing to contribute funds to the project may do so at the Greater Pulaski Alliance office at 67 Commerce Street in the Maple Shade Shopping Center or by going to the following website: www.razoo.com/story/Pulaski-Playground-Project-Correct-Page.
Donations are tax-deductible. Any individual, business or organization making a donation of $50 or more, will have their name displayed on a plaque adjacent to the playground. “It’s a great way to advertise and help your community at the same time, said Erin Smithberger, past Circle K president and playground committee co-chair.
Smithberger said Circle K International is a college community service group affiliated with Kiwanis. Also known as CKI, it is the largest collegiate community service organization in the world.
The Virginia Tech club, with 40 to 50 members, was chartered in 1956 and is the oldest club in its district. It is affiliated with a number of service projects in the New River Valley, including helping with Blacksburg’s annual Halloween carnival, Christmas Parade, and Easter egg hunt; animal shelter visits; participating in the adopt-a-highway program; elementary school tutoring, and assisting with Habitat for Humanity in Pulaski.
In 2008, the group planted trees on a deforested hillside off Lee Highway in Pulaski.
As for the playground project, Smithberger said “It’s been a long journey for our project so far. The idea came about last April, during our tree-planting project. We were working with (area Habitat for Humanity Director) Terri Fitzwater-Palmore when she mentioned that there were not many playgrounds in Pulaski and it would be great if we could do something like that for them.”
She said the club members thought it was a good idea, so they applied for and received a small grant from Circle K International.
The group decided Heritage Park would be a good location because it doesn’t have recreational equipment for children to use while families are at the picnic shelter or Cool Springs football field.
Even though they still are about $4,000 short of their goal, the club still plans to find a way to build the playground by September or October so those who have donated will see that the project is being built as promised.

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Playground donations needed

Virginia Tech’s Circle K International club plans to build a playground at Heritage Park this fall, but they need the public’s help in reaching their financial goal to do so.
The club has raised almost $8,000 for the playground, partially as a result of donations from the community. However, it still remains short of the $12,000 goal set to purchase the playground equipment members would like to install at the park.
Those wishing to contribute funds to the project may do so at the Greater Pulaski Alliance office at 67 Commerce Street in the Maple Shade Shopping Center or by going to the following website: www.razoo.com/story/Pulaski-Playground-Project-Correct-Page.
Donations are tax-deductible. Any individual, business or organization making a donation of $50 or more, will have their name displayed on a plaque adjacent to the playground. “It’s a great way to advertise and help your community at the same time, said Erin Smithberger, past Circle K president and playground committee co-chair.
Smithberger said Circle K International is a college community service group affiliated with Kiwanis. Also known as CKI, it is the largest collegiate community service organization in the world.
The Virginia Tech club, with 40 to 50 members, was chartered in 1956 and is the oldest club in its district. It is affiliated with a number of service projects in the New River Valley, including helping with Blacksburg’s annual Halloween carnival, Christmas Parade, and Easter egg hunt; animal shelter visits; participating in the adopt-a-highway program; elementary school tutoring, and assisting with Habitat for Humanity in Pulaski.
In 2008, the group planted trees on a deforested hillside off Lee Highway in Pulaski.
As for the playground project, Smithberger said “It’s been a long journey for our project so far. The idea came about last April, during our tree-planting project. We were working with (area Habitat for Humanity Director) Terri Fitzwater-Palmore when she mentioned that there were not many playgrounds in Pulaski and it would be great if we could do something like that for them.”
She said the club members thought it was a good idea, so they applied for and received a small grant from Circle K International.
The group decided Heritage Park would be a good location because it doesn’t have recreational equipment for children to use while families are at the picnic shelter or Cool Springs football field.
Even though they still are about $4,000 short of their goal, the club still plans to find a way to build the playground by September or October so those who have donated will see that the project is being built as promised.

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