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Michael's playground gets tender loving care

July 29, 2000

Michael's playground gets tender loving care



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


Michael Crabill loved to climb around the playground equipment at Pangborn Boulevard Elementary School's playground during recess.

"Michael was a very energetic child. He loved to play outside. He loved life," said his aunt, Dawn Crabill, of Frederick, Md. Michael died at the age of 10 in January 1999 from an asthma attack.

Crabill and about 30 other Target employees spent Saturday morning perking up the elementary school's playground, which includes equipment dedicated last year in Michael's memory.

The cleanup was part of a national volunteer effort by Target employees on Saturday to spruce up at least 800 playgrounds across the country, said Steve Berryman, executive team leader for Target's Frederick store.

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Volunteers from Target discount stores in Frederick, Halfway and Germantown, Md., joined nine of Michael's family members to clean up the local playground.

The group planted flowers, put in new mulch around the equipment and wiped all the equipment off with rags, Berryman said.

Target employees participate in a volunteer effort at least once every two months and chose to focus on playgrounds this time because "Target has a soft spot for kids," Berryman said.

Michael's parents were thrilled and touched.

"I thought it was great," said Ramon Crabill, Michael's father. Crabill, his wife, Theresa, and their three sons attended the cleanup.

Crabill said the family hopes other children will enjoy the playground.

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