Powder Creek Playground build week March 12-16
By Sandy Barber, Playground Volunteer
Mar 8, 2014
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***image1:right**Bonham -- Community volunteers have been busy making plans for building a playground at Powder Creek Park March 12-16. Volunteer registration is now open online at In addition to skilled and unskilled labor, volunteers are needed to check-in workers, provide child care for kids 9 and under, prepare and serve food and drinks to the workers, and complete artistic projects too.

Organizers encourage everyone to sign up on-line so they can plan accordingly. For example, the volunteers trying to plan how much food to make for lunch and dinner need an idea of how many workers will be there each day.

Several fundraising plans are underway. The latest report is that a little more than $104,000 has already been raised, which means the volunteer group only needs a little more than $16,000 left to reach their goal.

Coins for Construction – several local schools and businesses are collecting coins for constructing the playground. Fannin Bank, Finley Oates Elementary, Granny Lou’s Bed & Breakfast, I.W. Evans Intermediate, 3 Kwik Chek stores, Legend Bank and the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office are collecting coins. Other businesses or schools who wish to join this effort should email

Raffle tickets – three items are being raffled off: $100 VISA gift card, American Girl doll and remote control helicopter. Tickets cost $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawings will be during the opening celebration of the playground on Sunday, March 16 from 5-7 pm. Tickets can be purchased from volunteers or at Fannin Bank, American Bank of Texas and the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office.

Picket sales – a limited number of pickets are being sold to individuals for $30 each or to businesses for $50 each. Each picket can be engraved with a name of your choice. Picket order forms are available at or at Fannin Bank, American Nabk of Texas and the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office.

Bryan Frazier, owner of Frazier Carpet Cleaning, has announced a special offer to help the playground. From now through February, they will donate $10 of each cleaning job to the playground. To schedule a carpet cleaning, call 903-583-1602.

Donations of snacks and breakfast foods are needed during build week. To donate, contact Sue Taylor at or Megan Massey at Also, volunteers are in search of tools and equipment to borrow for build week. Go to for a list of items needed.

For more information, go to