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Georgetown Playground Receives Grant from Perdue

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- If you go head to King Street in Georgetown, you will probably see kids playing in the street in front of their home. One of the reasons for this is because despite having many parks, the town does not have a single public playground.

But on Monday, there was good news as a large donation from Perdue Farm is pushing the town one step closer to a public playground. Perdue donated $10,000 to the project, placing the total amount of money raised to $30,000.

At the ceremony, representatives from the company passed an oversized check to Councilman Bill West to celebrate the partnership. Olivia Marzullo, who was named "Little Miss Georgetown" this year, was also there for the ceremony and says she is thrilled that the town will be getting a playground soon.

"I'm excited to have a new park because I think it will be a good place to have kids to play with," she said.

Officials from the town estimate that they need another $120,000 before they can begin construction. They estimated that they can reach this benchmark by 2015. Daniel Stein of Perdue said this donation is all about the children.

"Being as this is the community we live in," he said. "Our employees' children live here. So we're going to want to make sure they're safe as well."

Georgetown Councilman Bill West is the man leading the charge for this playground. It is one of three locations he plans to turn into playgrounds over the next decade. He said that it didn't make sense to him that such a large and vibrant area lacked such an important public service.

"A lot of people have told me that they'll load their kids up and they'll go to one of our neighboring towns to use a playground," he said. It's because we have nothing. And for that reason, I'm excited to see this grow."

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