It took many hands to make a new playground

British writer John Heywood is believed to have coined “Many hands make light work,” among his many epigrams back in 1546, but its worth was proved again this past Saturday in Hancock.

As Meagan Stilp reported in a Page 1 story in Monday’s Daily Mining Gazette, teachers, parents and community members turned out Saturday morning for a community-build project to assemble new playground equipment at Barkell Elementary.

While the numerous volunteers made the huge project manageable, there were many “unseen hands” that were just as important as those lifting lumber and tightening nuts and bolts.

Many hands were involved long before the first slide or swing was ordered.

The project got its start with a $15,000 grant from KaBoom and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. However, if you’ve priced playground equipment lately, you know $15K wasn’t going to get the job done.

Again, many hands sprang into action. The Barkell Parent Teacher Organization dedicated the school year to raising funds for the new equipment, about $45,000 total was needed. Through catalogue sales, Ladies’ Nights and fundraisers at the Kaleva the money was finally raised and on Saturday it was all put together.

There’ll be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday and then the equipment is ready for play.

We salute all who had a hand in this project. From those who worked the fundraisers, to those who participated by purchasing goods at those events, to those who put the giant Jigsaw puzzle together Saturday. All played their part. All gave for something larger than themselves and the children of Hancock will be better for it, for years to come.