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Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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

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

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On the organization’s website, United Waybrencourages teams of volunteers to do things like visit classrooms, providebrlandscaping, cleanups at local parks and nonprofit organizations, and evenbrpainting school playgrounds.

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Wilson Elementary in Payson benefited greatlybrfrom this day of caring when volunteers from United Way and NuSkin spentbrseveral hours repainting some designs on the playground. According to thebrprincipal, Kent Rawlings, this was a much appreciated and needed opportunitybrfor the 60-year-old school.

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

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

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

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He said that in the future, he would love to bebrable to have a buddy bench built in the playground area as well, so that kidsbrwho are struggling will have a place to go, so others will see them, andbrrespond positively to their needs.

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To know more about future United Way days ofbrservice in Utah County, go to unitedwayuc.org. (Brown isbra Serve Daily contributor.)

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