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Pequot Lakes Day of Caring ventures to Nisswa

As a part of their annual Day of Caring, approximately 20 Pequot Lakes High School students assisted in the assembly of playground equipment at Nisswa City Park on Wednesday, May 4.

Pequot Lakes students install swings at the Nisswa city playground during day of caring. Photo by Travis Grimler
Pequot Lakes students install swings at the Nisswa city playground during day of caring. Photo by Travis Grimler

As a part of their annual Day of Caring, approximately 20 Pequot Lakes High School students assisted in the assembly of playground equipment at Nisswa City Park on Wednesday, May 4.

"We are adding new playground equipment for the park," said Alex Hondl, Nisswa park and recreation director. "Some of the updates we are doing, we took out our merry-go-round because it was kind of a safety hazard and we are putting in a (age) 2- to 5-year-old structure. A lot of parents were saying there is nothing at the playground available for kids younger than 5 and they were intimidated by the big playground.

"We are also putting in a therapeutic ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) swing and at a later time we will install ADA play panels for kids with disabilities," Hondl said. "They are sensory play panels. Then, the surface was not ADA compliant so we removed the pea rock and replaced them with ADA-compliant wood-engineered fiber chips."

Having the students helped the city of Nisswa to construct the equipment with more help than is normal.

"Without these 20 kids this project would probably take two to three days," Hondl said. "We have limited city staff that would be able to help on this project. Probably two to three people. Having 10 times that amount helps out quite a bit. I think it's great.

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"I think Day of Caring is a great program the Pequot Lakes High School puts on," he said. "It really helps get kids involved in area communities and help out on projects like this, and this project is a service to Nisswa and area residents. Day of Caring is a good program and I hope Pequot Lakes continues with it."

Students were also working at the historical society's Pioneer Village in Nisswa as well as at various private homes and public properties in the Pequot Lakes area. The Day of Caring helps students to connect to community volunteer opportunities, and helps some seniors fill out volunteer requirements for graduation.

"I feel like it's good, what they are doing for the town of Nisswa, making it safer for kids and making it a lot more fun for them when they come here," said junior Tristan Clayborn. "It's a good thing to help out the town. People should do it more often."

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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