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Fun begins here: Volunteers build playground for Phoenix school

PHOENIX — About 200 volunteers from Shutterfly and KaBoom are spending a beautiful Friday building a new playground for a Phoenix charter school.

For the kindergarten-through-fifth-grade students at Vista College Preparatory near Seventh Avenue and Grant Street in Phoenix, it's nearly a miracle.

About 97 percent of the the children come from low-income lives and this playground means the world to them. They designed it with drawings in January and with the exception of a pool, it's exactly what they called for.

"(The children) are thrilled. They keep looking at it and it's all they can talk about," Principal Julia Meyerson said.

Delfina Orozco with Shutterfly is among those putting in new grass, slides, swing sets, even a miniature soccer field.

"It's amazing, just a good feeling. I'll be sore at the end of the day but this is all worth it, Orozco said. "This pulls at my heartstrings. I saw this facility before we started to tear things down for a playground."

Coworker Dwain Parrish said his reward for a hard day of labor will be seeing the look on the children's faces when the job is wrapped up.

"The end result of this is priceless. It's a great time for us," he said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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