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United Way volunteers repaint playground at Wilson Elementary

Oct 03, 2019 07:10PM ● By Arianne Brown

Sept. 12 was the annual United Way Day of Caring.

For this event, United Way of Utah County teamed up with NuSkin to encourage organizations to pick a project in the community and spend a day providing needed service.

On the organization’s website, United Way encourages teams of volunteers to do things like visit classrooms, provide landscaping, cleanups at local parks and nonprofit organizations, and even painting school playgrounds.

Wilson Elementary in Payson benefited greatly from this day of caring when volunteers from United Way and NuSkin spent several hours repainting some designs on the playground. According to the principal, Kent Rawlings, this was a much appreciated and needed opportunity for the 60-year-old school.

“Over the summer, I was contacted by representatives from United Way and NuSkin, asking if there was anything that needed to be done at our school,” Rawlings said. “We had several things, particularly repainting the playground area that needed to be done. When the volunteers came, they brought paint and supplies and spent half a day painting the playground.”

When the work was all done, the volunteers were able to paint several items like hopscotch, foursquare, shape designs around the ball pits, a caterpillar, and some new additions for students to enjoy.

Rawlings spoke highly of the event, expressed his gratitude for the volunteers and their hard work to improve the play area.

He said that in the future, he would love to be able to have a buddy bench built in the playground area as well, so that kids who are struggling will have a place to go, so others will see them, and respond positively to their needs.

To know more about future United Way days of service in Utah County, go to unitedwayuc.org. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)