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Deerwood Will Use Grant Money to Renovate Playground

The school received a $100,000 grant from Target late in January.

, from Target, has decided to much of the money to renovate its playground.

On Thursday, the school's site council unanimously approved a plan to use $80,000 of the grant money for the school's playground. School officials also called for the creation of a six-member committee to determine how to use the remaining $20,000 to support a student learning initiative. The committee will meet in the coming weeks to establish guidelines for spending the money, identify financial needs and finalize the  plan.

Student input will play a large role in the renovation of the playground, according to information released by Deerwood Elementary Principal Miles Haugen.A playground committee will also be established to develop a specific plan for renovations, Haugen wrote in an email to Eagan Patch.

School officials plan to receive bids from at least three playground companies and vote on a final plan by mid-late March, and would likely complete the project by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Once the designs for the playground are complete in March, the school plans to hold an all-school celebration. 

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