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Vendors/donors for playground recognized

Community members and contractors who worked to donate labor, materials and equipment for refurbishing the Antelope Valley College Child Development Center playground were recognized during a ceremony Thursday morning at the Lancaster campus.

“We’re so excited,” said Dr. Katarina Orlic-Babic, director of the Child Development Center (CDC).

The well-utilized playground that kids have used since the center opened in 1995 was in need of a makeover including new equipment and improvements to the playground surface.

The Boeing Company Employees Fund was first to step up with a $20,000 donation for the project, according to Dr. Katarina Orlic-Babic, director of the Child Development Center.

The grant from Boeing, arranged through the Antelope Valley College Foundation, was the largest ever to the CDC.

“The generous donations by The Boeing Company employees demonstrate a commitment to both education and our community,” said Bridget Razo, executive director of institutional advancement and resource development. “This partnership has been cultivated by The Boeing Company’s relationship with the Antelope Valley College Foundation and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.”

Then, Granite Construction Company and Klassen Corporation got involved. Granite provided materials and labor, valued at $38,263, and Klassen donated $15,983 in labor costs.

The new equipment offers children more opportunities to climb. It replaces the former set up that consisted of a raised platform and double slide. In addition, to the equipment, workers removed wood chips and sand from the playground and replaced it with a smooth, rubber surface, making the playground safer and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACT), according to Orlic-Babic.

The CDC can serve up to 120 pre-school children.