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Target employees clean up Pangborn School playground

May 07, 2001

Target employees clean up Pangborn School playground



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


Nearly 80 volunteers from Target stores in the region spread out over a large playground at Pangborn Elementary School Saturday morning in a flurry of fix-up and paint-up activities.

The volunteers were working in the memory of Michael Joseph Crabill, a 10-year-old Pangborn fifth-grader who died from an asthma attack Jan. 20, 1991. The playground is dedicated to the boy.

This is the second year that Target volunteers showed up at the school to work on the playground, said Pat Richards from the chain's Frederick, Md., store. Richards coordinated the work Saturday.

She said Target adopted the playground project last year because of Dawn Crabill, a Target employee and Michael Crabill's aunt.

Richards said that this year Target is donating $5,000 to buy trees, more playground equipment, picnic tables, a basketball hoop and paint to improve the playground.

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Gene Stephey, a teacher at Pangborn Elementary, said the playground is used by the school's kindergarten through fifth-grade students as well as by children in a large nearby apartment complex.

"It's a public playground," he said.

The work Saturday included planting eight trees, painting playground equipment and painting map outlines on the blacktop of the United States and the world, along with a general clean-up.

"Target has been great," said Theresa Crabill, Michael's mother. "We never could have asked for this. They've been super."

The first monument to Michael Crabill was $30,000 from Theresa Crabill's employer and local fund-raisers for new playground equipment.

A plaque in her son's memory sits on the playground.

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