Volunteers Tackle Playground Take Down on Wheeling Island


Among the 300 people out Wednesday, volunteering for “Day of Caring”, were some of our local students from Wheeling Central Catholic. 

Students got right to work at Youth Services Systems on Wheeling Island tearing down some playground equipment that hasn’t been used in nearly two years, to give more life to another park in the community.

The equipment had already been moved once, and has called the current McCrary Center home for a number of years.
The volunteers jumped into action on Wheeling Island to tear it down, Wednesday, so kids can enjoy it at a newer park, “It’s really nice to get out into the community and help everyone to do everything we can. It just kind of shows what Central is about, helping,” said Wheeling Central Catholic High School senior, Zoe Kahle.

In addition to tearing the playground equipment down, the students were helping to mow the lawns around the Youth Services property and they were doing some painting inside the McCrary Center. The students weren’t the only ones helping at that location, though. A group of men from the Cavestro, brought their power tools and had been hard at work, as well, “There’s four of us here, volunteering just at this site, but we feel real good about it,” said Jim Heilman.

One night Stephanie Hall, President of the Wheeling Island Community Association, was sitting on her porch and thought the equipment would serve a better purpose at Bridge Park, situated near the Wheeling Island Marina.
So Hall called Youth Services System, “YSS said, ‘yes, you can have it.’ and the city said, “okay,” so it’s going to Bridge Park eventually,” Hall said.

Everyone who was in action on Wheeling Island was enthusiastic about the work they were doing, knowing they did their part to help better our communities.

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