Fall Creek High athletes help install playground for elementary kids

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FALL CREEK, Wis. (WEAU) -- Despite the heat Wednesday, a group of Fall Creek High School athletes came together at the elementary school playground to put a few hours in, but not to play.

15 girls with the volleyball team helped install new playground equipment. It's part of the Fall Creek Referendum that passed last year. New equipment included swings, monkey bars, a structure with slides, and a spider web. The school superintendent says the volunteers help the district save a few thousand dollars.

“I think our elementary kids look up to our high school kids so much, more than they could ever know. And to see that they're out here spending their time to help elementary kids just speaks volumes about people that they are,” said Fall Creek School District Superintendent and Elementary School Principle, Joe Sanfelippo.

And the girls say putting the playground together is a great way to put their muscles to use as well.

“It feels good to be able to volunteer and help putting up the playground, kind of give back to our school and community,” said 17-year-old senior Bridget Schilling.

“I think it's cool that I can say that I've helped out with this and if my kids end up coming back here, it will be cool to say, I helped with that playground,” said 17-year-old senior Rachel Klingbeil.

The playground installation will continue through Thursday, and the Fall Creek Girls Basketball Team is scheduled to do some work there Thursday as well.

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