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Oak Grove Primary competes for a new playground

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 Lamar County, MS (WDAM) - Oak Grove Primary students could be the lucky winners of $50,000 in grant funds to build a new playground, modeled after a "traditional" town square.

It's a part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, where schools across the country are competing for funds to go towards a new school playground. Oak Grove PTO President Kelaine Dumas said, the first ten schools to get enough votes wins the  money. As of now, Oak Grove Primary is in the tenth spot but they need support from the public to keep them there.

"It's a great learning opportunity for the children" said Dumas,  "it's not just your typical physical playground, they get to come out and learn from it and how to interact with each other."

The new playground would also teach the children how a town works. The layout would include many familiar community structures such as, a bank, cafe, school house and bus, post office, grocery store and much more.

 Dumas said, "the second phase of the playground will be a nature park, with a butterfly and flower habitats, fossil boxes and a weather station. So it's a way for them to be introduced to scientific principles and just have fun in a new environment."

The Oak Grove PTO is also encouraging local businesses to sponsor the project. Those who choose to do so will be recognized with a plaque bearing their name on the piece they sponsor.

There are three ways to vote: Log onto www.littlewarriors.com or www.refresheverything.com

Vote on Facebook using this link: http://bit.ly/oaktoplayfb

or use your mobile phone to text 73774 and type in 103827.

 You can vote daily, the voting deadline is Dec. 1.

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