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Playground Comes to Life

Madonna Heights center gets volunteer help to make room for kids' playtime.

Volunteers at work on the playground for SCO. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
Volunteers at work on the playground for SCO. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
More than 250 volunteers worked together Tuesday to build a playground on the Dix Hills campus of SCO Family of Services. 

The playground went up in about six hours, said Kathleen Sullivan, associate  | director of strategic partnerships. 

Teams from United Healthcare, KaBoom, Astoria and SCO led the way, with the help of others from Astoria Federal, Banana Republic, Beanstalk, Enterprise, Nielson/National Consumer Panel, United Way of Long Island and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Members cut boards, toted mulch, hammered, drilled and carried or poured concrete throughout the build.

SCO offers residential care for young women, homeless shelters  for young mothers and their children , mental health programs to families. Rosemary Stein, chief program officer for SCO Family of Services, said the playground would provide children in the programs with a fun, safe place to play. It will also be a place for parents to enjoy playtime with their children and develop essential parenting skills.

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