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Malden sliding toward its playground goal

MALDEN — The Malden Playground Committee has reached nearly one-half of its $25,000 goal to buy new playground equipment for Malden Grade School students.

On Monday, Malden Grade School Superintendent Mike Patterson said about $11,000 has been raised so far to get the needed new playground equipment. That money has come through community donations and also from an on-going Pennies for Playground classroom collection.

To add to that amount, the Malden Playground Committee is planning a fundraiser for Saturday at the Princeton Moose Lodge. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be a live auction at 7 p.m., followed by a silent auction. Music will be provided by a DJ.

Tickets are $16 per adult; $12 for children ages 4 to 17; and free for children ages 3 and younger.

The Malden Playground Committee has collected about 40 items for the live auction and 50 items for the silent auction, Patterson said. Among those items are one-half hog, one-quarter beef, classroom quilts, gift baskets, seed corn, sports game tickets, Cubs and Cardinals items, a Bureau County Metro Center membership, a Wisconsin Dells overnight stay, a barn quilt, Steelx stainless steel bracelet, and numerous certificates for food places and other items.

The committee, which is comprised of parents of Malden students, school staff and community members, is hopeful to raise the remaining needed playground money at Saturday’s event, Patterson said.

When the group started its work earlier this year, the committee had two goals, Patterson said. First was to raise the needed $25,000 so the Malden kids could have modern, updated playground equipment at the school. The current equipment was last updated in 1991, more than 20 years ago. The second goal was to increase community involvement with the school, he said.

With those goals in mind, Patterson said he’s hopeful for a great turnout at Saturday’s event, not just from people with children in school but also from community members who don’t have kids in school. As before, Malden has been a great community to show its support of the children in the community, he said.

“Malden is a great small town, with a lot of community spirit,” Patterson said. “So, we hope to see that spirit on Saturday.”

Once the needed money is raised, the plans are to buy the new playground equipment and install it next summer, Patterson said.

Malden Grade serves about 110 students, from pre-kindergarten through eighth grades.

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