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Miracle Build: Volunteers construct playground

Newton High School senior and baseball player Levi Langford and NHS baseball coach Andre Byrd put together a slide for the playground at the Miracle League complex at City Pond Park. More than 200 volunteers braved the chill to participate in the day-long event, including several members of the NHS baseball team. (Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

Newton High School senior and baseball player Levi Langford and NHS baseball coach Andre Byrd put together a slide for the playground at the Miracle League complex at City Pond Park. More than 200 volunteers braved the chill to participate in the day-long event, including several members of the NHS baseball team. (Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

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Susan Haley, left, reads directions in order to assemble a musical sound sensory panel that will be wheelchair accessible. Haley has helped with fundraising for Newton County Miracle League for four years. Also pictured are Flint Hill Elementary School teacher Melissa Bird, First Presbyterian Church Early Learning Teacher Denise Gabriel and Elda Crews, mother of a special needs child.

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Glen Johnson of Snapping Shoals EMC and Leadership Newton County and volunteer Jeff Roudebush were two of the locals whose efforts got the playground 80 to 90 percent completed, said Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson. Professional installers will complete the project and then surfacing will be added. The playground can be used by special needs and able-bodied children. Construction on the Miracle League complex is expected to be complete by spring.

Newton High School senior and baseball player Levi Langford and NHS baseball coach Andre Byrd put together a slide for the playground at the Miracle League complex at City Pond Park. More than 200 volunteers braved the chill to participate in the day-long event, including several members of the NHS baseball team. (Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith)

Susan Haley, left, reads directions in order to assemble a musical sound sensory panel that will be wheelchair accessible. Haley has helped with fundraising for Newton County Miracle League for four years. Also pictured are Flint Hill Elementary School teacher Melissa Bird, First Presbyterian Church Early Learning Teacher Denise Gabriel and Elda Crews, mother of a special needs child.

Glen Johnson of Snapping Shoals EMC and Leadership Newton County and volunteer Jeff Roudebush were two of the locals whose efforts got the playground 80 to 90 percent completed, said Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson. Professional installers will complete the project and then surfacing will be added. The playground can be used by special needs and able-bodied children. Construction on the Miracle League complex is expected to be complete by spring.

From Staff Reports