SAKRETE Participates in Annual Charlotte Playground Build

New playground built in a day

CHARLOTTE, NC -- In a matter of hours an empty field became a new playground for Charlotte-area school kids. SAKRETE continues its tradition of volunteerism and sponsorship with the recent completion of the playground at Winding Springs Elementary School in Charlotte.

Last January SAKRETE presented the Carolina Panthers with a $3,100 check for the SAKRETE Sack Program, which benefits the Charlotte-area Business Volunteer Council, a coalition of local businesses which promote volunteerism. The BVC in turn uses these donations for the Charlotte Playground Build Program.

On April 13, 2011, it took less than seven hours to build the playground. SAKRETE and more than 40 other sponsoring businesses and 200 volunteers came together to make the new playground a reality.

For the fifth year, SAKRETE made in-kind product donations, in addition to the monetary donation, to the BVC to be used toward the playground build. SAKRETE donations consisted of volunteers to help with the construction, five pallets (280 50-pound bags) of SAKRETE Fast Setting Concrete Mix, 25 60-pound bags of SAKRETE High Strength Concrete Mix and 23 pallets (1,610 bags) of mulch from the Lawn and Garden division of Oldcastle, the parent company of SAKRETE.

"Being part of a playground build in our local community is one way in which we can give back," said Johnsie Beck, president of SAKRETE North America. "This is the fifth year we've sponsored the SAKRETE Sack Program, and every year we look forward to spending the day with other volunteers to build an amazing playground."

SAKRETE is an active sponsor and volunteer of community-based programs and encourages this from others.

To see SAKRETE images from the Charlotte Playground Build Program, visit