St. Michael's School in Mahnomen recently received donated playground equipment from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks.

Carl Adolphson, Sacred Heart School president, said that due to an elementary classroom addition, there was a loss of green space and it was necessary to remove part of their play structure during construction. Sacred Heart then chose to donate the old play pieces to local parks and schools, where there was a need, and St. Michael's was blessed to be a recipient.

St. Michael's is a faith based, non-public school, relies heavily on donations, grants, and volunteers to keep the school operational.

"We are so thankful to Sacred Heart School for thinking of us with the gift of a climbing wall and tire swing for our school playground," said The Rev. Dave Super, St. Michael's superintendent. "The playground equipment has brought joy to our students as well as to the children of the community who are welcome to use our playground. Further, the thoughtfulness and generosity of our friends challenges us to do the same for others. This is exactly the curriculum we strive to teach and model in our school.”

Efforts were made by Sacred Heart to install the play equipment elsewhere, but due to reinstallation costs, a growing student enrollment, and a loss of play space, the school opted to install a new play structure which supported the needs of a growing student body.

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"We are pleased that the play structures which have been used and loved by students here can benefit another sister parish within the Crookston Diocese," Adolphson said.