Tampa Team Puts Finishing Touches on Handicapped Playground at LaVoy Exceptional Center

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Division Manager Todd O’Donnell helped set the plan for a playground in motion more than seven years ago. His 11-year-old daughter Katherine has been a student at LaVoy since the age of three and he wanted to help the school obtain a playground specifically built for the students.

In April of last year, Wharton-Smith donated $5,000 towards the design and provided pro bono general contracting services to pour the concrete slab and construct handicap ramps.

Last week, the Tampa team worked with local vendors to complete the final landscaping and beautification of the site. The project included demo work, removing some of the existing trees and shrubbery, regrading, planting new trees and plants, and laying new mulch.

Todd thanked the volunteers in an email, “I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work. The kids at this school will greatly appreciate this wonderful addition to their playground. I certainly had fun and it was nice to give back to our community working with such a great team.”

Project volunteers: Todd O’Donnell, Doug Brown, Pedro Garcia, Bryant Kennedy, Jorge Gonzalez, Raymundo Garcia, Joanna Johnson, Kelli Beltran, Sherry Marshall, Brenda Folsom, Anthony Baxley, Tony Feria-Pereira, John Morrison, Chris Telson, Luke Long, and Scott Griffith